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Crimson Arete 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Mike Anderson, 2003
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Submitted By: David Tvedt on Apr 3, 2006

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Jeff Giese on Crimson Arete

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A short, enjoyable route with great arete moves and one hard move about 2/3rds up. May be harder,(10b?) for shorter climbers. This route faces SE and gets late afternoon shade.


The obvious short arete on the right side of the East Face notch.


Bolts with bolt anchors.

Photos of Crimson Arete Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Going for the crux move
Going for the crux move
Rock Climbing Photo: Cruising the Crimson Arete
Cruising the Crimson Arete
Rock Climbing Photo: Opening moves
Opening moves
Rock Climbing Photo: This is about half way up the climb, where the mor...
This is about half way up the climb, where the mor...

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By Tyler Barker
From: Jackson, WY
Mar 1, 2010

wicked fun
By Bruce C. Anderson
From: Kuna, Id
Apr 25, 2010

CHA great fun for a short climb!
By Dan Kim
From: Calgary
May 16, 2014

great fun up the arrete. worth the climb.
By Dan Mathews
Aug 11, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Great fun. Wish it were longer.
By B-Mkll Mackall
From: Bozeman, MT
Nov 10, 2014

Not sure I'd call this a pure arete climb as most of the moves occur on the left face. Still an awesome pitch for 35 feet of climbing. 4 stars if it were longer.
By Annie Smoot
From: Holladay, Utah
Jul 26, 2016

Incredibly scenic. Jug haul
By Jeremy Polk
From: Sandy, UT
Jul 30, 2016

This thing is sweet! We linked it with 10b or not 10b above for one long awesome pitch of 10a. You can climb above the chains on Crimson and clip the last bolt and chains of Casltles Made of Sand (the 11c just left of Crimson) and then step right to the first bolt of 10b or not 10b. To do this, you will need 14 draws plus something for the chains at the top. A couple of slings are nice as well to reduce rope drag. Make 2 rappels back to the base. Highly recommended this linkup!

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