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YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Clay Meier Morgan Fields
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Submitted By: clay meier on Aug 21, 2016

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The hand crack start


Goldmine was named both as a nod to the history of the area as well as because of the unexpected quality of the rock and movement on this climb. The climb ascends the tallest buttress left of Zigzag and right of Hex Crack. It is located directly uphill from the end of the section of guardrail on the road that is closest to the pass.

Begin in the hand crack described under "location"

Ascend the hand crack, place a piece as high in the crack as possible, and then head out on the face using plentiful face holds (5.8 PG13). Aim for a ledge on the obvious ridge/arete.

Upon gaining the ridge/arete go up and either into the corner system to the right (5.10ish) or straight up the ridge/arete at about 5.8. Either way aim for the base of the obvious splitter finger crack on the face above.

Finish the route on the awesome splitter left leaning finger crack to a two bolt anchor just over the edge.

Double rope rap


The route ascends the prow about 200' left of Zigzag. The climb is easiest to spot out from the road. Look for a leftward leaning crack splitting a face at the top of the tallest section of cliff at the Black Lakes. This is the splitter fingers finish to goldmine. Just to the right of this is a large dihedral with a splitter off width crack that can be climbed by sharing anchors with Goldmine (goes at around 5.11).

The climb starts just left of the lowest section of the prow that forms the highest section of cliff at the Black Lakes. Look for a hand crack that goes up about 20' before peetering out on a face. This is the start of the route.


Standard rack double rope rap or walk off to the north

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