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Del Frente 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 260'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: P. Friedrich and W. Lion 2/80
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Submitted By: Paul S on May 15, 2009

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Del Frente climbs up the shaded face on the first ...

Description 

Two amazing long exposed pitches of sustained climbing on perfect rock to a spectacular summit pretty much sums up this climb. This was one of the better easy/moderate climbs that I've ever done.

P1: Start on the left hand side of the northeast face with some easier climbing. This eventually leads to a nice crack. After about 120' traverse right (#3 camalot for protection) to another crack which leads to a bolted anchor. This is nearly a full 60m pitch.

P2: Make a few tricky moves out right past a few bolts then continue to the top by climbing both sides of the arete with the occasional bolt. There is a nice bolted anchor just below the summit.

I believe you can make it down in 2 double rope raps down the route. When we climbed this, we were freezing and opted to rappel off the opposite side (in the sun) which was just 1 double rope rap to the ground, but the anchor was a consisted of old pitons rather than nice big bolts and you have to walk a steep slope back to your gear. I'd recommend doing several raps down the route.

Location 

Starts on the left end of the northeast face after a short easy scramble.

Protection 

Two sets of cams up to a #3 camalot with a set of nuts. 2 60m ropes.


Photos of Del Frente Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Juan leading the initial traverse on the second pi...
Juan leading the initial traverse on the second pi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Juan Carlos following the first pitch of Del Frent...
Juan Carlos following the first pitch of Del Frent...

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By Ryan Huetter
From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Oct 14, 2010

You can rap the face with a single 60m.
By Emmett Lyman
From: Somerville, MA
Jan 11, 2017

There's a long runout after reaching the arete on P2, but keep your head together and remember that the crux is behind you. We met friends at the summit and did 2 double rope raps down the face to the ground.

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