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Armstrong Arches. 

YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b R

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 150', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b R [details]
FA: Tom Armstrong, Bradley White, 1987
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: bradley white on Jul 27, 2009  with updates from David Powers

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Climb the slanting upward to the right arch with the excellent corner crack that ends as an under cling crack. The crux is exiting onto the face to do friction moves ahead proceeding to run it out until the climbing become easier (5-6) before the belay ledge. (This climb was top roped for years. Alone it is a four star climb. It's a good pitch to do too learn climbing basalt conglomerate. Tom didn't do the second pitch with me).

I don't remember who did. I led the right facing corner that becomes a short shallow under cling right. Where it stops stand onto the slab (5-10) and proceeded to the left facing corner (5-8+) of the Great Circle Route, outer corners. At this junction the corner isn't easier and gear isn't easily put in... It's an energy, consuming burn and way out from the arch. It becomes easier eventually and safer up the corner/ corners? to the second belay station of Great C.R. This pitch was climbed years earlier than Tom's lead of the first pitch.


Downhill left of the Great C.R.


Trad rack including friends or cams.

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