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Blues Power 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: Skip Guerin and Bob Horan, 1981
Fixed Hardware: 2 Belay Bolts [details]
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Submitted By: Pinklebear on Aug 20, 2001

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  • Description 

    This route is in the very overhanging, west-facing alcove at the base of the West Ridge, just below the sector of the wall containing Washington Irving, The Unsaid, etc. To get here, scramble east up via slightly exposed corners and ramps (Class 4) from the West Ridge Trail.

    Blues Power is the leftmost crack in the alcove and trends right to left, ending at a fixed anchor below the lip of the alcove. Proceed with caution -- the beginning of the "crack" is actually a huge, hollow flake cammed up into the rock. Once you establish a good piece past this flake, you'll feel much better. Continuous, strenuous and bizzare.


    This "crack" goes from fingers to hands to off-hands. Bring lots of small-mid range TCUs and Camalots in the #1, 2 and 3 range.

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    By Cedar Wright
    May 12, 2017

    Awesome burly fingers to hand crack! The gear is a little weird, because most of it is a bit expando, but once you sort that out, it's well-protected and kinda classic! Woohoo!

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