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French (AKA German!) arete 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1800', Grade V
Original:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
Season: July-August
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Submitted By: AliS on Aug 24, 2016

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The easiest technical climb on Alam Kooh wall. It constitute of sections of 5.7-5.9 with 4th or easy 5th classes in between.
After getting to Shaneh Kooh Col, continue on the arete. Ater some 4th and easy 5th class climbing you will get to the "do-rekabi" pitch. It is the crux of the route because of the grade and exposure and the fact that it will be the bottle neck on the weekends. Next you will have a short 5.5 pitch to the right of the arete which takes you to the base of the "Se Rekabi" pitch, which has many fixed etriers, but can be free climbed (~5.9). After that you will have a 4th class section which is a good place to pass the slower parties. After a short chimney the original German rout continues straight up and the French's traverse to the right. Most of the people take the French route, but call it German's. The route traverse and then heads up. Mostly easy 5th and some 5.8-5.9 sections. The route also pass the unique feature called Sang-e-samavar. You can climb it using the bolt ladder on its back.


From the ruined shelter continue toward the Shaneh Kooh Col.


There are many fixed ropes (some plastic) and wooden/metal etrier. If you want to trust your life with them (which unfortunately many do although many have died because of this) you don't need more than a handful of quick draws. There are many fixed old pitons on the rout and some seem rigid enough but sometimes the fixed ropes pass through them which make them unusable. I suggest 0.4-2 cams and a set of nuts, with 4 alpine draws and 4 long quick draws.

Photos of French (AKA German!) arete Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: 2 pitches before Sang-e-samavar
2 pitches before Sang-e-samavar
Rock Climbing Photo: The start
The start

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