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Death Star Compactor 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Ben Schmitt
New Route: Yes
Season: Spring - Fall
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Submitted By: Ben Schmitt on Oct 2, 2012

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Brenda moves past the Compactor.

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In an effort to add some more moderates to Heaven's Gate, I bolted this fun little line on the left side of the Emerald Isle.

Begin at the same start as Laura's Arete, but cut left after standing on the ledge to climb a series of interesting, left-trending jugs which lead to the chimney which is formed between the left wall and this one. Fight your way out of the compactor, and finish up right to black chains via a balancy crux.


On the left side of The Emerald Isle, this is the left-trending line of bolts left of Laura's Arete.


6 bolts to chain anchors.

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By chode monkey
Oct 3, 2012

Nice work, Ben!! I try to take my girlfriend up there, but she can't climb anything, so it's cool to see some softer routes!! It will make the place a lot better (it's aready cool). Keep it up, Cowboy!!!
By Chris Mack
Apr 29, 2013

While easy, this route is home to great climbing on good stone. A little cold in the morning though!
By Rich F.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 5, 2013
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

This is a fun route that looked harder from the ground than it was on route due to the many positive holds and good edges for the feet that are not as obvious from below. After chimneying through the short "compactor," I stemmed across to the anchors. It's surely a more difficult crux if one attempts the last move without stemming off the compactor behind. Fun climb.

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