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Fine Nine 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
Season: Year Round
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Submitted By: Jeff Edge on Oct 8, 2007

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Steve on Fine Nine. This one's a thinker. Feb. '...


Climb up a surprisingly engaging slab with committing crux moves up higher that can be baffling for some at first.


4 bolts to 2 bolt anchor


Fine Nine is located on the main canyon wall, across from the Lovely Tower. It is the right of the two bolted lines on this face (on the left is Split Decision 12d, 3 bolts). It is most directly across from the Lovely Arete.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Beauty Beta shot of Fine Nine (5.9+)
BETA PHOTO: Beauty Beta shot of Fine Nine (5.9+)
Rock Climbing Photo: Phil K. near the delicate crux on Fine Nine.
Phil K. near the delicate crux on Fine Nine.
Rock Climbing Photo: Phil K. on Fine Nine.
Phil K. on Fine Nine.
Rock Climbing Photo: John K leading Fine Nine in the rain.   Photo by: ...
John K leading Fine Nine in the rain. Photo by: ...
Rock Climbing Photo: James
Rock Climbing Photo: Jim leading Five Nine
Jim leading Five Nine

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By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Jan 2, 2008

A classic moderate for JF. It's popularity has left the beginning somewhat polished but don't let that stop you.
By Brett Winterbottom
From: Park City, UT
Jun 9, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

A must climb for those climbers that don't really climb higher grades they call in fine nine for a reason. We climb this almost every time we come down
By Doug Hemken
From: Madison, WI
Nov 3, 2014

Very engaging!
By Marsh.king
From: Olney
Feb 24, 2016

clean your shoes before climbing this one. technical feet all the way up this classic.
By Train4life
From: Boulder, CO
May 8, 2017
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

I've climbed in a lot of places around the world and this is one of the best slabs anywhere! Incredible climbing. I disagree with the grade, I think it's probably more in the harder 10 range but if we are using old school Yosemite grades 5.8 or 5.9. Because if this is 5.9 then Lovely arete should probably be around 5.10 a or b! Also, I think it dangerous to give such low grades on routes that are pretty spicy at the top, maybe fill in the end of the route with a bolt that you can easily clip from the huge jug you are on...just a thought so new climbers aren't slamming into the slab with their foot behind the rope...awesome route though!

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