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A Hike for Y2K S 
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Happiness In Slavery 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a X

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a X [details]
FA: first (known) lead: T. Bubb, J. Haas, 11/2015
New Route: Yes
Season: faces South, and NOT for hot weather.
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Submitted By: Tony B on Nov 15, 2015

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  • Description 

    This is another route similar to the others up there and at a similar grade. This particular line starts as for the shared start of Crack Tack or Of Human Bondage.

    Climb up and onto good edges and features just right of the first bolt of Crack Tack. A couple of large stoppers and a hand-sized cam can go behind a right-facing crack/flake here just before the bolt on Crack Tack. You can skip the bolt as it is slightly further left (and you are going right), and it will create slightly more drag. The gear is good anyway.

    Continue up and slightly right on positive crimps and reasonably good feet. You will pass by the first of 2 bolts of 'Of Human Bondage' just to the left climbing perhaps as you might as for that route. You can clip this bolt as you will just left of it by a meter as you reach its height, but be sure to put on a long sling if you do. If you have clipped it, it may cause some minor drag. At this point, at the height of the bolt, having clipped it (or not), you head up and left on relatively easier moves to a point that intercepts the bottom of 2 parallel seams that run up and right towards the top of the wall. Just before reaching them, I found a small/medium stopper and small cam placement. These are more directly above the previous gear placements and will make a zig-zag of the rope if you clipped the bolt on 'Bondage Place this gear, regardless, as it will be the gear that keeps you off the deck in a fall. Head up and to the rightmost of the two parallel, leaning seams that go to the top of the wall. They offer no gear at first, but I cleaned some rock flakes and dirt out of a spot a few meters up these and got in a grey or purple (I chose the purple, but either would work) Mastercam. I presume a purple/black Alien would also work, but those are wider, and I am not sure. A ballnut might also fit and work as a back-up piece to the cam. You will see the second bolt of 'Of Human Bondage' perhaps 3 meters to your right. Continue up the seam you are in to get up into the tiny, left-facing offset, and take that up to the ledge as for 'Of Human Bondage.' Place a few pieces of gear before traversing to the anchors to protect your second and the rope from a nasty swing.

    Location 

    This route takes a line primarily between 'Crack Tack' and 'Of Human Bondage', overlaps with the latter of these at the beginning, and may share a few moves and a bit of gear in the middle with the former. The seams up top were the primary target and have no documented history.

    Protection 

    2 optional bolts that will offer security but create a zig-zag in the rope's line that may make the gear less secure. Plan a few large nuts, a 2-2.5" cam down low, a few small stoppers higher with a finger-sized cam, and then a very small (tips) cam and possibly a ballnut up in the top seam. A few pieces went in just prior to the traverse to the top anchors on 'A Hike for Y2K' to protect the second from a last-minute swing.

    The route should be considered R/X like the majority of the routes on this wall. There is groundfall potential from non-crux moves if the belayer is not fully attentive, and much of the route depends on distant, and even very small gear, to prevent serious consequences.

    A TR is possible from 'A Hike for Y2K's' anchors if you traverse left and set a directional.


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