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Helping Hands 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Dan Seeliger 6/26/2012
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Patrick Mulligan on Jun 27, 2012

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Dan Seeliger moving into the hand crack and around...

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Starting at base of PCT Crack head up to ledge on right following jugs. Follow the obvious line up and over a mantle and through the roofs above. After some sequential climbing to get into the perfect but awkward hand crack at the apex of the roof, climb into a narrow chimney. After another awkward bulge climb a chimney and the crack / featured face to the left to chains. The crux begins when moving into and around the roofs and ends once around the bulge and into the wider of the two chimnies.

The entire route is overhanging


New bolts w/ chains get you down easily


Cams from .3' to 4". You could take a 6+" piece for the upper chimney, but smaller cams can be placed in a shallow crack on the left. Doubles or even triples of #2 and #3 camalots are helpful.

Photos of Helping Hands Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: PCT Cliff - middle
BETA PHOTO: PCT Cliff - middle
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan above the crux in the larger chimney.
Dan above the crux in the larger chimney.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan moves into the crux
Dan moves into the crux
Rock Climbing Photo: The overhanging nature of the route become obvious...
The overhanging nature of the route become obvious...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rope hanging from new anchors atop Helping Hands. ...
Rope hanging from new anchors atop Helping Hands. ...

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By maggie-girl Wenski
Jul 23, 2012

Great route! Needs more traffic to keep the lichen down. Great rests along the way keep this steep route 5.10.
By Tahoe Matt
From: Truckee
Aug 23, 2013

Just climbed it, If PCT crack is 10d this is 11-. Still a great adventure for anyone who wants to get away from the crowds.
By Laine Christman
From: Reno, NV
Aug 29, 2013

Daniel - you sandbagger, you ;)
By Patrick Mulligan
Sep 3, 2013

Back in July this thing had grown some fuzz. It was obvious from yesterday with the heavy chalk we found that some folks have been on this thing. It still needs more traffic, but its in good shape right now.

Matt - if it was your chalk outside and to the left of the chimney I can understand how you would think that. There were three hard cruxes for me (from the first little ledge to the seat below the roof, around the roof and into the chimney, and around the bulge into the upper chimney). Each had a great rest afterward.

PCT crack was all about hanging on through the lichen/moss and wide to the chains (Enduro crux). This thing is about making hard pulls above gear to get into more secure climbing. In July I found that pushing a #6 deep in the chimney makes the upper chimney super safe and is easier/more secure than reaching out to place gear in the somewhat shallow cracks out left.

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