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Feel the Bernal 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Todd & Donette Swain 12/2015
New Route: Yes
Season: fall, winter, spring
Page Views: 113
Submitted By: Gunkswest on Mar 27, 2016

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Description 

Start to the right of the last route below the left side of a large ceiling about 40 feet up. The first handful of moves are climbing up along a vertical seam. Follow bolts up to the left portion of a ceiling where there is a left facing corner under the ceiling. Pull the ceiling on big holds and continue up to an anchor under the next ceiling.

Location 

There are about ten fun, moderate routes that are down around the corner to the left of Filo Suroeste. To approach these climbs, hike up the main trail as if you are going toward the Bernalina face. About 100 yards before Bernalina, take a side path that goes up the hillside. This side path leaves the main trail near a wire basket filled with rocks (see descriptive pictures on main West Face page).

Go uphill about 50 vertical feet on the side path to a boulder that is painted like a monster/dinosaur. This boulder is on top of the shoulder/ridge that comes off the Pena.

Follow a path down the back side of the shoulder/ridge, staying at the base of the rock. In about 100 yards, you'll come to a face with a series of left-slanting cracks that look a bit like a corrugated metal roof. There is a long, orange ceiling above this face. These are the rightmost, upper routes on this wall.

At the left end of this face, there's a drop off of about 20 vertical feet. You can down climb (a bit tricky with a pack), do a short rappel from the nearby tree, or backtrack about 60 feet and follow a path downhill that loops back around to the lower, leftmost portion of the face.

The routes in this entire sector are described from left to right, so this route is the second from the farthest left on the lower face.

While this approach sounds complicated, once you've done it a time or two, you'll find you can get to this face from the main hiking trail in about five minutes.


Start to the right of the last (leftmost) route below the left side of a large ceiling about 40 feet up. The first handful of moves are climbing up along a vertical seam.

Protection 

Bolt protected with a two bolt anchor. 30m.


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