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Jaws II 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 435', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Wendell Broussard, Richard Harrison
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Submitted By: Matt Kuehl on Sep 20, 2015

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Jaws II follows a large left facing corner up good rock that will eventually eat you and spit you out. You can expect some wideness and run-out chimney climbing on Pitch 2, which in whole is the main attraction.

Get geared up on the ground then scramble up to a large bush in the corner system, belay here.

Pitch 1 - 5.6 50' - Start off a bush and follow easier corner climbing to a short vertical wide pod. After this follow the slab corner to the base of the massive chimney. Belay off a chock stone.

Pitch 2 - The Jaws - 5.10b 180' - Quest up the chimney chasm, generally keeping a little deeper inside until you can place gear after about 30'. It's a bit sandy in there. Start moving up and diagonally left until the chimney shuts and you must exit back out. Pull the lip and continue up the finger, off fingers, and handish crack corner. This eventually opens back up to a chimney again and you can squeeze up a good ways exiting in an alcove.

Pitch 3 - 5.6 205' - Face climb up good rock generally aiming for a left facing corner with a bush. Climb the corner until you top out the feature and then traverse right on a ledge to reach the shared summit with Olive Oil.

Descent - If you left your packs at the base it is best to take an alternate descent from the typical Olive Oil descent. From the summit, head west and drop down a bit until you reach a cairn. Now head left (South) and head down onto a slab. Traverse West on the slab and stay high when a chimney gap is reached that you could jump but probably shouldn't. Drop into some bushes near the top of the gap and walk down it until it is easy to step onto the other (right hand) side of the slab. Continue traversing West on this slab for a while until the gully starts to become visible on the left. Go a little further aiming for two trees in the gully near the base of the slab. Here you hike down into the jungly gully back to the base of the route.

Or if you have all your stuff, take the standard Olive Oil descent gully.


The large left-facing corner just uphill from One-Armed Bandit.


Single rack to #5 Camalot, double .75-#4, (Optional #6, Big Bros) or equivalent.

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