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Kite Flying Blind 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 200'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: P1: Greg Child, Greg Collum, P2: Greg Collum, Kurt Schmierer
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Submitted By: Scott W on Oct 30, 2007

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Greg Collum on the 2nd pitch of Kite Flying Blind ...

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Yet another Index classic, first pitch follows various features to a slab section(11a), then jugs to the top...excellent climbing. The second pitch goes straight up from the anchors, through a roof/layback (11c) to huge jugs and a fun technical finish. Soft for the grade.


Just left of Frank Presley, starts up a small dihedral.


Rack of quickdraws

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By Eric8
From: Maynard, MA
Aug 17, 2009
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Both pitches feel 11b to me..
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Mar 21, 2012

I also thought the first pitch was stiff for 11a.
By Douglas T
Aug 17, 2013

What a Fantastic climb! I think the 5.11c grade is closer to spot-on than way-off. Easier than Japanese Gardens but harder than Even Steven or Phone Calls from the Dead.

The climb is perfectly fine as a clip-up sport climb. However, one could supplement or even skip the bolts in the final corner with a handful of small cams. Either way is fine as long as you climb.

If you want to project P2 via TR, you can skip the crux by entering in from the "Leave my Face Alone" slab into the final "Kite" corner. A Super-TR can even be made from the ground with two 70m ropes.
By Sherri Lewis
From: Sequim, WA
Jul 20, 2017

As of 7/18/17, there is an active hornets nest just above the first bolt, under the small roof. It would be difficult to avoid when making the moves out of the corner. Be careful if you try, or start on the route to the right and traverse into Kite at the second bolt to circumvent the nest.

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