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Golden Arch 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b A3-

Type:  Aid, 6 pitches, Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b A3- [details]
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Submitted By: Robert Fisher on Jun 10, 2010

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Corey high on P3 of Golden Arch on the UTW.

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(IMO) P3 of this route is one of the best aid lines at Index

an old classic that needs some work.

P1: Manky bolts need replacing. Use P1 of Abraxus or Waterway to access the ledge. Waterway P1 will get you to the belay ledge at the end of Golden Arch P2. Abraxus P1 & P2 will get you there too.

P2: Follow the groove with nuts and bashies to the main belay ledge

P3: (C2) A thin dihedral starts dead vertical and slowly rolls to the right. Bring offset cams, brass nuts, cam hooks and ballnuts. This pitch is generally climbed clean

The belay at the start of P3 was replaced in 2009. The belay at the end of the pitch is 3x 5 piece bolts in good condition. this is an amazing place to spend the night on a ledge. It's protected by a large roof.

P4: (A3) Hook sketchy flakes and clip old bashies around the corner to gear climbing. GO up to the belay (unknown status).

P5+: didn't do


Follow the UTW trail to the main wall, head to the right and find Abraxus or the Waterway. P1 starts on the overhang in between. Look for some manky bolts up high.


Cams to 3# offset nuts and cam hooks a must

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By Jacob Smith
From: Seattle, WA
Apr 16, 2015

A couple notes regarding the third pitch - firstly, C2 seems like a bit of a sandbag, it is significantly harder and more sustained than Iron Horse, Stern Farmer, or the second pitch of Green Drag-on; secondly, the pitch only goes "clean" with the fixed pitons on the upper blank section.

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