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Friendly Faces Everywhere 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Karin Wuhrmann, Greg Barnes
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Greg Barnes on Jan 16, 2007

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Arete to blocky ledge to improbable face. The upper face looks like 5.12 slab from the ground!


At the right start for Rites of Spring (see Marty Lewis guide), climb the tiny crack corner to arete (just left of the leaning corner), join the blocky ledge of Rites of Spring for 20', then head left up the face.


6 bolts, tiny pro for start (#2 Lowe ball or black alien), 1" cam, 2-3" cam. 2 bolt anchor with Mussy hooks.

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By Bruce Willey
From: Bishop, CA
Jul 25, 2007

This two star rating is an understatement. Actually it's one of the finest routes of its grade in the canyon.
By Randy in Ridgecrest
From: Inyokern, CA
May 23, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I think this is pretty challenging for 5.9 - has a couple of tasty mantles.
By slim
Jul 11, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

nice little route, tastefully bolted, good climbing. definitely worth doing if you are in the area.
By Neil Kauffman
Jul 23, 2011

Excellent movement on the upper face!
By Morgan Nutting
From: Bishop, CA
Aug 19, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun movements, great warm-up.
By Antonio Caligiuri
From: Bishop, CA
Aug 2, 2015

I think this is the best warm up in the area if you aren't wanting to jump right on a 5.11, certainly a cut above Becky Route and the other 5.10s in the area (Sheila excluded, of course). That being said, you really only need one piece of gear on this route. You'll want a small cam for the section up to the first bolt. The shared section with the first pitch of Rites of Spring is very mellow (maybe 5.6?) and placing gear here would lead to some heinous rope drag as its 12-15' off the bolt line.
By BAd
Aug 3, 2017
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This is as good route, but beware the start if you are not tall. My wife at 5'3" found it very difficult, and I've seen her flash 10c face. There are some key reaches that might be close to impossible to keep it 5.9. Expect a hard 5.10 move or more if you're not tall. The upper face is pretty classic and much easier than it looks.


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