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Let Them Eat Cake 

YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a R [details]
FA: Marc Gay and Brad Bond
New Route: Yes
Page Views: 973
Submitted By: Brad Bond on Jun 14, 2003

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  • Description 

    "Let Them Eat Cake" follows the exposed flake system and arete on the steep, licheny wall between "West Chimney" and "Western Union," providing several technical and pumpy cruxes in tricky-to-protect situations. This route was established headpoint style, i.e. cleaned and susses on toprope, then led placing gear. It has seen a second ascent, but still awaits an onsight!

    Start atop pitch one of the West Chimney. Make a tricky stem past a #4 Camalot to gain the flake system on the wall to your left. Continue out the flake and more hard moves to gain a good stance just left of the arete (crux, good gear). Make a commiting move straight up the arete to a jug and good gear; follow the exposed arete to easier ground and eventually the large belay ledge as for "West Buttress," "Hair City," etc.


    Standard Eldo rack up to 3" and a #4 Camalot. Bring extra Tech-Friends 0.5"-1". Double ropes would help.

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