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Chouinard A 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Yvonne Chouinard
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Submitted By: coreylee on Aug 18, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: Topo Image


This is a left-facing off-width crack that provides amazing endurance driven climbing.

Pitch 1: 55 meters of 5.8 climbing.

Pitch 2: 40 meters of 5.10 off-width. This is, for good reason, the crux of the route. Pull through the roof with a nice fist jam and make your way up the crack.

Pitch 3: 30 meters of 5.7 chimney climbing.

Pitch 4: 20 meters of 5.6 climbing and a scramble to the top.

Each anchor is bolted with beautiful American Death Triangles.
There are bolted anchors everywhere, pick one! I always bring an extra rope to make the raps quicker. However, you can make it to the bottom, after a few more raps, with a single 60 meter.


200 meters North of the "Grand Slab" you will see the natural line. It is a left facing off-width crack.


You could manage this climb with a single set of cams, but I recommend bringing an extra #3. There are bolted anchors everywhere.

Photos of Chouinard A Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo Map
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 1
Pitch 1
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 1 continued (taken from ledge)
Pitch 1 continued (taken from ledge)
Rock Climbing Photo: The obvious left facing crack line on the right si...
BETA PHOTO: The obvious left facing crack line on the right si...

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By Nat D
From: Seattle, WA
Oct 10, 2016

This thing was pretty hard, but super solid rock and clean.

This is one long jam-fest. Followers can layback a good deal of it, but the leader needs to be solid at hand-fist and slightly larger off width jamming.

I definitely couldn't have led the route when I climbed it, I just followed, but it would be a really fun lead if it was in my ability range.

The anchors are all brand new as of 2016, double bolts with a real chain and standard rap rings on some of the ones that are commonly rappeled off from. No more american death triangles! Intermediate bolts along the route are also new.