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Frenchman's Cap 

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

Type:  , 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: John Peterson on Feb 25, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Frenchman's Cap, Yvette, and Defender from below.


To the right of Wiessner's Rib is a prominant prow. This is Frenchman's Cap. You can either start by climbing Yvette (a classic 5.9+ crack in the slab below the prow) or scramble on the left to a belay below the main buttress.

Follow a broken buttress above, finishing to the right passing several old pitons to the crux overhang at the very top. Often toproped but a well protected lead(edit-well protected if you lead 5.9R).


Include some small wires on your rack.

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By T Roper
Dec 31, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R

I dont remember seeing any pitons while I trembled my way up this route. 5.9R scary, needs a couple of bolts. The crack down at the bottom(Yvette) is sweet and can be done as a short pitch by itself.

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