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Fat Albert 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Possibly Dave Neff, early 1970's
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Submitted By: kurthicks on Mar 16, 2013

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BETA PHOTO: Fat Albert climbs the obvious arch in the bottom o...


Long known as “Fat Albert” this route was originally called Exfoliation Expressway. Either way this is the most classic and unique climb on the Clearwater. This good beginner’s lead follows a clean dihedral for about 25 meters before tunneling underneath a natural arch to the belay. Don’t miss it! It is nearly impossible to top rope this route since lowering through the arch isn’t easily accomplished and the pendulum is nasty!

P1) Start up the low angle corner using hand jams (superb!) and laybacking until forced to undercling the roof at the top. Just as things start looking desperate, squeeze into the arch and pop out on the belay ledge.


This route climbs the obvious arch in the middle of Lightning Dome. It sits directly above the main parking lot at mile 21.1.


Rack to 3” with doubles or triples in 2”-3”

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By Ky Dame
From: The West
2 days ago
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Time Lapse of Fat Albert! Such a great route, fantastic movement that is insecure for the grade.

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