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

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: Steve Marr on Jan 8, 2007

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Looking back towards El Rito from the top of Gnarl...


P1. Climb an easy (5.2), run out face past a couple of small trees to a large belay ledge. The protection on this pitch is a little sparse. I slung one of the small trees and placed a questionable cam.

P2. Fun pitch. Climb the face above the belay ledge and work right to the obvious right-facing dihedral. Step around the corner and into the dihedral. Follow the fun dihedral almost to the top where easy scrambling leads to another good belay to the right of a pine.

To descend, pick up the trail at the top of the cliff and hike down and left, through the rocky gully to the left of the crag.


Next climb to the right of Commie Pinkos. Start just downhill from the second pine tree.


Standard trad rack. Bring a couple loose slings to sling the trees on P1.

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By Rika J.
From: Albuquerque, NM
May 1, 2017

This climb was really enjoyable. I thought both pitches protected super well. The crux move on the second pitch looks a little intimidating, but it's easy and super protectable.

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