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Fine Line 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 105'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Hendricks and Cotter, 1983
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Submitted By: Jon Hanlon on Feb 19, 2006

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Marissa climbs through Fine Line's 2nd crux, delic...


This route is on the right hand formation and starts about ten feet to the right of the undercling that marks Rick's Route. you can see an obvious scoop from the ground. Inside the scoop is a bolt (the bolt used to be missing a hanger, but I think it has been replaced). The line continues up past 2 or 3 more bolts and ends on the blocky area (higher than the belay for "Orangahang." Alternately you can wander around the face and traverse to the Orangahang belay.


3-4 bolts, small stoppers.

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By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Feb 24, 2006
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

The hanger is not there.

The route most often followed when doing Fine Line is through a smaller hole to the right of the obvious scoop with hangerless bolt. From this smaller hole, climb a thin crack past a ledge. Continue with this crack past a bolt until the crack itself disappears. Passing this bolt is the crux of the route (5.9). Face climbing leads to the massive crack/corner/gully above. Exiting the crack near the end of the route is also 5.9, and sports a protection bolt.

The top of Fine Line is equipped with two 12mm Fixe Glue-ins and one 1/2" five-piece Rawl-style expansion bolt with chain.

RAPPELLING ON A SINGLE 60m ROPE WILL NOT GET YOU TO THE START OF THE ROUTE. Be Careful! Rappel onto the ledge that is above and to the right of Fine Line.

DO NOT try to lower the lead climber.
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Feb 24, 2006
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

The cruxes of Fine Line are very well protected; however, there are significant runouts on easy ground.
By Jon Hanlon
From: SLO
Feb 25, 2006

I didn't realize that bolts and chains have been added to this route. It was always possible to belay using trees and gear.
By Joseph Stover
From: Batesville, AR
Mar 6, 2011

Hanger is still missing, and the bolt wiggles. Could be cinched with a wire, although the crack above the dish might have good pro (I didn't climb it).
By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Sep 10, 2013

Incredible line. One of my top 5 at SY for sure. Despite the few runouts, this route is a great option for someone looking to hone their gear-placement skills. There's some fabulous cracks and seams.
By Jamie Campbell
Nov 15, 2016

This is really an excellent climb. There's a lot of variation down low on the slab. Fun!

The above comment about using a 60 meter rope is spot on. Tie cat knots and lower carefully. You can, however, top rope with a 60m. The belayer just has to stand on the upper ledge where you rappel to.

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