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Jenna's Face 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a PG13

Type:  Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c PG13 [details]
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Submitted By: Chris treggE on Jul 18, 2006

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I thought this route was pretty fun. It starts up the flake to the right of Jenna's Chimney and after the flake it is bolted. It's runout but relatively easy to climb the flake unprotected, but you could bust an ankle if you blow it. So bring a nut, or bring your nuts.

  • RCM&W #95, p. 134


Bolts if you're bold, otherwise, most people place 1-2 medium size nuts behind the flake before the first bolt. Please use your own gear for top rope. Please bring an extra biner and if the ones up top look bad or don't easily clip or shut, please replace it. It's good karma.

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By Dan Roberts
From: Eastern Iowa
Sep 13, 2008
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13

Hard Start, with slick feet. Crash pad and a DMM#3 nut left of the flake are good pro for the start.
By BigMoveMike
From: prescott
May 4, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

if some one added a bolt to the start this would be just another OK 5.9+, but the run out start and sandbagged rating( 5.8 in the falcons guide)give this route some real character. Fun climb.
By Brian Paulson
Aug 8, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13

If your short on trad gear you can access the second clip from Jenna's Chimney, lower and climb the start on top rope then finish on lead.
By rooooock
From: Oakland, California
May 18, 2014

I rate the start at V1. I tried this start a dozen times one day last year and got shut down. Yesterday I came back and got it on the second try of the day. I also got Annadonia's start yesterday on my first try. The moves on the start of Jenna's Face are straightforward compared to the Annadonia start, but the start of Jenna's Face has been really low percentage for most people in my experience.

So yeah, basically a mid-10s start followed by climbing on loose, soggy, mossy choss.

Also, we pulled off a 30-40 pound block, and there's more loose stuff. Keep your belayer at bay.
By Joel Torgeson
Jun 8, 2014
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Hit this one recently and would NOT recommend it to anyone. I agree with others above that this is sandbagged at 5.8 in the books. Felt more like a 5.9+ to me. Perhaps some key holds have been lost along the way? Sections felt almost cartoonishly easy, and then were followed (or preceeded by) significantly more difficult stretches. Beginning definitely required a nut for protection, and the rock quality for most of it was sandy, slippery, and downright irritating. I scraped mud off of my fingers after moving past a hold on many occasions.

As of when I lead it the chains were COVERED BY A DOWNED TREE that was rather irritating to work around, and could be dangerous if you were to grab it accidentally and it were to slide off the cliff above. Unlikely, but throwing a tree on your belayer is a easy way to lose friends. This could be taken care of by an adventurous soul with a chainsaw, but for now it's a major nuisance.

Bottom line: there are much more fun climbs in the area, do them instead.
By rooooock
From: Oakland, California
Jun 23, 2014

The entire route above the start is no harder than 5.8. It's just the start that I find to be sandbagged.
By BryanE
From: Minneapolis, MN
Apr 22, 2015

I agree that the start is harder than 5.8. We clipped the second bolt from a top-rope on Jenna's Chimney (not super easy but doable) to protect the lower crux. Fun route but the bottom is harder than you might think. There's also a loose flake by the second bolt, just a heads up. Top half has jugs and some choss but is fun.

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