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YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: Christine Gal on Jan 12, 2009

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use anchor of Chips Ahoy, just left of the route


route starts at the right end of the wall

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By Ron Graham
Dec 21, 2009
rating: 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a

This route at the far righthand side of the Tuna & Chips wall and leads up an anchor on the wall just west of the front of the alcove forming The Oasis. It's easier in my opinion than Chips & Salsa, which is rated at 5.3. It is highly featured and offers lots of protection opportunities, and would be a good route for a beginning trad leader. However, some of the rock is soft and friable, so care should be taken on gear placements, especially cams. The route contains numerous and well distributed spots for solid nut placements. The route can be rapped with one 60 meter rope.
By micah richard
From: Litchfield, Connecticut
Apr 10, 2014

This has the softest rock i have ever climbed on. Tri cams and larger wires are the best bet . The last traverse moves to the anchor are a bit scary for the grade.
By Mark P Thomas
From: Draper
Jan 31, 2016
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Route protects well with mostly cams and a couple of nuts if you want to sew it up. The rock is a bit soft in places but more solid than a lot of the trad leading in the area (based on my limited trad leading in RR). It is more solid than average for trad climbing on sandstone in general, but it might be a surprise for those new to leading trad on sandstone.

The end is exposed but not too bad. Just traverse around behind the pillar (entering cl. 2-3 terrain for a bit) and climb it from the backside. Moves are a bit exposed but very solid with good stances. The face part is protected by a bomber small cam in desert varnish that is placed from a good stance just before the climbing resumes 5th class. Then you can girth hitch a solid hourglass to protect the final move that is a juggy mantle & step around to get on top of the pillar. Moves with this gear never take the last piece any lower than your feet.

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