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Girdle Crossing 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Jack Marshall and Don Wilson, November 1988
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Submitted By: Randy on Jan 1, 2003

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BETA PHOTO: Girdle Crossing (5.10d), Joshua Tree NP

Description 

Scramble up to the upper right end of a large fallen block below (and once part of) the large roof on the middle formation.

Cruxy face (5.10c/d) past 2 bolts (1st may be doubled) next to an arete lead to the dike of I Can't Believe Its A Girdle. Head left (clip 3 bolts; but maybe unclip the 1st and runner the 2nd). Then head straight up on classic Josh friction (5.10c) past 3 more bolts to a 2 bolt belay.

Though you can rap from here with 2 ropes, the rope drag (pulling the ropes) can be pretty bad.

Protection 

8 bolts (1st bolt may be doubled) protect this route; 3 of which are actually on the 3rd pitch of I Can't Believe Its A Girdle. If you clip all the bolts and/or do not put longer runners on some, hideous rope drag will curse your ascent.

Pro is good, but some people get intimidated by the mantle/high step onto the dike above the 2nd bolt.


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By C Miller
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Feb 25, 2005
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

A seldom done and worthy obscurity. Balancy moves up the arete lead to an exciting mantle onto the dike - you don't want to blow that move. The upper face seems unlikely but goes at a reasonable grade (more traffic would help to clean this portion of the route). Three stars out of five.
By Bryan G
From: Yosemite
Jan 25, 2010

Twin ropes are a must if you want to climb this without rope drag. Otherwise you'll have to lower down and back-clean one of the bolts. The exciting mantle onto the dike makes the climb worth it. The rest of the route is just "ok".

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