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Alcove 5.9 Route 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Barrett Cooper on Aug 7, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: Southeast face.


On the southeast face of Parachute rock is a great little alcove that is out of the sun and wind most of the year. To get to this route scramble up the climbers right of Parachute rock. There is a giant boulder resting at the base of where the southeast face and the main rock and come together in a rather obvious corner. Behind this boulder is the alcove which is reached by squeezing through the chute between the boulder and the corner. Inside the alcove is a great place to hang out.

Alcove 5.9 route, not to be confused with the other 5.9 route two climbs to its left (guide book really has them both as '5.9 Route'), leaves the alcove by going up the short angled slab to the left corner of the alcove and climbs out on an overhanging offwidth. Once you gain the lip of the alcove the climbing eases back to 5.8 hand crack climbing. You can set up a TR on the top or continue on to the second pitch which tops out Parachute Rock.


Up to #2 Camalot. To make you feel better in the slight offwidth out of the alcove you can find plenty of places to put a large cam (#4 etc.)

Photos of Alcove 5.9 Route Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Hand crack is sewn up.
Hand crack is sewn up.
Rock Climbing Photo: Brenda at the anchors.
Brenda at the anchors.
Rock Climbing Photo: TRing this one
TRing this one

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By Barrett Cooper
Feb 14, 2003

Number 3.
By Hill
Oct 27, 2003
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

This route has some of the best hand jams at Parachute Rock. After the initial steep section and short off-width, the last 30 feet are perfect hand jams up to the anchors. Don't miss this one if your climbing out here.
By Darin Lang
Jun 10, 2004
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Some interesting moves at the bottom, but it's the 20 feet of perfect hand that makes this a climb worth doing.
Aug 13, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

The start is awkward and dirty, but still fun. The top section is nice jamming, but this section is short and easy.

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