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Ithaca Connection 

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

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA:  Pat Callis, Tarn Callis, Gene Terray, Peter Boveng & Piet Bazuin - August 1981
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Submitted By: Alex Palombitch on May 2, 2016  with updates from Matt Wenger

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BETA PHOTO: Ithaca Connection 5.9


A fun harder variation to start Skyline Arete, or can be done as just a 2 pitch route. It starts on the north side of the buttress, just to the left of the start of skyline:

p1 - starts on a flake leading up to a handcrack, follow the handcrack until you are above a small tree, then step right to another handcrack and top out on the same ledge as skyline.

p2 - ascends the slabby bolted face just left of the rap anchors, some gear can be placed on this pitch.

Over all, a great climb with pitch 1 being the money pitch. Can't believe this hadn't been added yet, a fair value 5.9 in the gallatin. Go send it!


A standard canyon rack from .3 to a 3 camalot would be fine, we did find some superb offset nut placements on the first pitch. And 3 draws for the 3 bolts on the second pitch.


Finish Skyline Arete, or rappel over Crystal Caper with 2 ropes.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Patrick stepping right to the second hand crack
Patrick stepping right to the second hand crack

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