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Air Apparent 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Mason Frischette, Scott Woodruff
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Submitted By: Dave Holliday on Jan 17, 2011

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BETA PHOTO: First pitch of air apparent climbs the flakey pod ...


This is a two-pitch route with two very different pitches. Pitch one climbs a steep hand-crack up to a ledge (with a bit of junky rock at the start to get to the good stuff) and then traverses the ledge to the left for about twenty feet (5.9). The second pitch goes up a thin flake to the top (5.7). You'll notice that the belay position below the second pitch is only about ten feet above the ground and a short section of 5.8 would get you to the same spot.


This route is on a formation called the Footstool. It's up and right from most of the routes on Upper Infirmary. The thin crack of the second pitch can be seen from below and could serve as a useful navigation aid. We approached by climbing Mumakil and then scrambling left and down a little from there. The start of the route is to the left of a large, flat boulder.

Descend by downclimbing a third-class slab to the climber's right.


Standard rack. An extra #1 and #2 Camalot would be useful for the first pitch. Stoppers and small cams are useful on the second.

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By Andrew S.
From: Bouldurr
Feb 17, 2013

Checked this out yesterday on a nice day in the Vrain. First pitch is cool, bottom section is a little crappy and had some loose flakes in there, but was able to place gear off of them. The jams on the upper section are sweet. Definitely a couple extra #1s and #2s, unless you're solid at the grade, as I am not. Pitch 2 climbs a nice, thin crack up the slabby face on smaller gear. It is a fun short pitch as well.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 3, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The thin flake on P2 protects well in blue/green Aliens or equiv. Take a few of each.

As well, the belay atop P1 is on 2-3" cams, so take a few of those BEYOND that needed to protect P1 or the belay is going to be a tough one. Not much alternative there.

I'd give it more stars were it longer.

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