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Ankles Away 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Vernon Phinney, Dave Thomas- 1987
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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Jul 18, 2002

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Greg Parker nearing the top of Ankles Away. Great...

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On the southeast side of Reef #2 is a narrow fin of rock called X Marks the Spot. On the east side of the fin is an obvious thin crack that leads into a pod. Climb up the thin crack and through the pod. When this ends, climb up to the top using the arete on the left. This goes past two bolts. Rap using one rope from fixed anchors at the top.


The first part of the route follow a thin crack and then leads into a pod. Bring small nuts for the crack, and a #2 or 3 camalot would work well for the pod. Then two bolts lead to the top.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sam Carlson on ankles away
Sam Carlson on ankles away
Rock Climbing Photo: Balancy crux
Balancy crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Baker
Rock Climbing Photo: AA

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By Ryan Minton
Jun 9, 2004

Small stoppers and a yellow alien protect the lower section of the route. A #2 Camalot slots into the very top of the crack before you move left and up towards the bolt. Great route- be sure to keep yourself balanced towards the top!
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Jul 15, 2009
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

This route is worth doing, if for no other reason than to sign the summit register.
By Mike Engle
From: Pocatello, Idaho
Jan 16, 2017

Vernon Phinney belayed me on the first attempt of the FA in 1987. I fell and severely sprained my right ankle. Vern finished the route and grabbed the FA and named the route for my very messed up ankle. Btw, the gear held but I was slammed into the wall on a nasty Fall Factor 2.

The reason I am weighing in now with the story is that on Nov 14, 2016 I had ankle reconstruction surgery and am still in recovery mode. Ankles Away is a major contributor (but not the only accident) that contributed to my ankle becoming unstable.

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