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Desert Dessert 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Jim Yoder, Kevin Buselmier and Marlene Ford 93'
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Submitted By: Bryson Slothower on Apr 16, 2007

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Desert dessert


This is the free standing pillar with a striking green streaked face and clean double arete profile.

An area classic that should not be missed.

Start on the left side of the pillar climbing the left-hand arete, move right onto the face for a bit then out to the right-hand arete for a while then back left again below the anchor. Airy, technical, and exciting!


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By germsauce Epstein
Jun 2, 2011

This climb is sick and this wall is sick. good shade.
By jordand
From: Seattle, WA
May 28, 2012

Great climb, but it seemed like pretty much every bolt was a spinner. Next time I'll bring a wrench.
By Erin Machinchick
From: Seattle, WA
Oct 21, 2012

Bear hug the wall on tiny feet through the lower crux. Great fun!
By rohanbk
From: Seattle, WA
Mar 17, 2014
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Fun moves, and sequences let you zig-zag your way up the column. Word of advice: don't climb this route when it's very windy since you may get knocked off balance :)
By Jplotz
From: Wenatchee, WA
Feb 16, 2016

I climbed this today and was reminded of just how terrible the majority of the bolts are on this pitch. Apart from the first bolt, the rest should be replaced.

Still, such a fun, exposed pitch of column climbing! Just hope it stays standing as you're climbing it!
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
May 16, 2017

If I were to place bets on which column is going to fall over next at Vantage, I think it might be this one
By Jplotz
From: Wenatchee, WA
May 17, 2017

That's probably a safe bet Geoff! Better climb it while you still can.

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