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Aqua Velvet 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Steve Habovstak, Eric Klement 1996
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Submitted By: John Steiger on Jun 8, 2012

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Finishing up Agua Velvet (5.11b). This climb may ...


Not sure why this hasn't been posted up, but here ya go ... Given some of the FA party'’s other names for lines on this crag, I'’m guessing this one refers to the cocktail made with vodka, gin, and Blue Curacao --– those lads must have been living the (snicker here) high life. Aqua Velvet shares the first three bolts with T.H.C., then strikes out right past three bolts to a bivy-worthy ledge. The crux is the first few moves off the ledge, putting you on a smooth-looking headwall protected by four bolts and ending at chains. You’'ll find some choss on the way to the headwall, but the headwall offers good position and the route seems safe. As suggested by the comments for T.H.C., the Ruckmans'’ 1998 guide has T.H.C. and Aqua Velvet confused. By the way, the Ruckmans have this at 11b; height dependent?

There’'s a nice picture of the route taken by Ryan on the Aquaworld page (by the way Ryan, I suspect your comment about smelly stuff relates to Aqua Velva; diff name).


This is the first bolted line left of the large gully chimney/gully system in the center of the crag. Walk west along the trail of the old aqueduct until just before it descends sharply. The first bolt is about 20 feet up, easily reached via somewhat bushy scrambling.


A dozen draws. Lower/rap from chains.

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By Ryan Arnold
Apr 28, 2013

Line on the right, opposite of what is listed in the Ruckman guide. Basically 5.9 climbing to a large ledge, then small crimps for two moves onto bigger holds on a near-vertical wall.

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