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Chicago's West Side 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

   
Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
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Submitted By: Perin Blanchard on Oct 24, 2005

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BETA PHOTO: Chicago Overhang 5.8 (left) and Chicago's West Sid...

Description 

Chicago's West Side is immediately east of The Kitchen, just inside the gate. It is the west-facing wall on the same formation as Chicago Overhang. (It isn't really on what I'd consider the same formation as The Kitchen, but is covered under The Kitchen in the Ruckman guide).

The route is fairly easy climbing on large edges; it can be made a little more challenging by going straight up the smooth surfaces, or by staying on the arete.

It requires 15-18 feet of extension from the anchor bolts to get the anchor point over the edge for a slingshot top rope.

Protection 

Two bolt anchor at the top of the outcrop; a long sling or some static rope is needed to get the anchor point over the edge.

Location 

There is a two-bolt hanger-and-chain anchor at the top of the Chicago formation that can be used for top roping either the Chicago Overhang or Chicago's West Side. To reach the anchor requires a bit of work: Either easy Class 5 climbing - the short way, just to the south of the face itself - or Class 4 scrambling - the longer way, south up the slot between The Kitchen and Chicago's West Side and then back north on the top of the Chicago formation.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Ashley Blanchard on her first climb. Chicago's Wes...
Ashley Blanchard on her first climb. Chicago's Wes...

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By keredea
Aug 8, 2007
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

I used two 7 foot slings and had no drag.
By Chris Newman
From: Fort Worth, TX
Jul 22, 2009
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

I top roped this one and think its an ok route but not worth the trouble in my mind if it is the main route you are doing because it is a little annoying to get to, in my opinion. But if your group has more experienced climbers also than it could be fine since you have the overhang close by.

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