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Chasing the Dragon 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a A0

Type:  Trad, Aid, Alpine, 9 pitches, 900', Grade IV
Original:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a A0 [details]
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Submitted By: drewford on Aug 29, 2010

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the wafer. super good climb, bad photo


This route has some amazing pitches. Unfortunately, the first (crux) pitch is low angle and collects dirt and munge. But don't let this put you off. The second pitch, the Wafer of Woe, is one of the best 5.10 pitches at the Perch. Think Wheat Thin to the Stovelegs and you get the idea. Brilliant and three stars on its own! A suggested approach would be to climb easy ground left of the first pitch of Mountaineer's, trending left to a small pine tree. From here you can either clean and lead/TR the first pitch, or just climb pitch 2 and 3 as an alternate start to the Mountaineer's.


Starts approx. 100' left of Mountaineer's Route.


Standard double rack with extra small wires. Some welcome bolts protect the Wafer of Woe.

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By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Jul 25, 2012

Did the wafer of woe pitch as recommended for an alternate start to mtn route. Stellar, classic pitch. Bit of exaggeration to compare it to wheat thin, but still excellent. A huge pocket jug marks the start next to the first bolt down from the lone tree. Get on this one as it is wicked fun.
By Gee Double
Jul 12, 2013

The pendulum goes free at 5.12-. The bolts are a little too far left to be nice. Recommend placing 1 bolt, 1 m right, for free climbing.
By Brad Brooks
Jan 26, 2015

The first slab pitch will keep your attention until the end. Gear is thin and not great at the start, but holds and pro continue to appear when you need it. Not for the faint of heart. Definitely 5.11+ slabaneering. Worth doing just the first couple of pitches alone.
By dave bingham
Jun 27, 2016

P-3 involves a flared crack, which has a very sketchy thin flake in the back that's ready to come out. (I jumped off when the flake started to peel off and ripped two c3's) I'd advise avoiding this pitch until it gets cleaned out or a bolt is added to allow climbing without using the loose flake, which would likely direct-hit the belayer.

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