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Loose Lips 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: August '79 Jim Dunn, Martha Morris, Ken Sims, Alain Comeau
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Mar 24, 2007

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Alexa on Loose Lips


Lean off the block to clip the first bolt. Make a spooky step across the divide and climb past 2 more bolts on very small holds gaining a nice rest and more good pro. Climb down and left to a flake/crack that you will follow up and left to easier climbing and a two bolt anchor.
There are two cruxes in my opinion; the bolted section is definitely one of them and also the first part of the flake though not as hard it is challenging (small wires help protect this part).

It's a nice 5.10a link up to do Seventh Seal (10a) to Loose Lips, however you have many choices of approach.

2 rope rappel to the ground.


On the top of Ethereal Buttress, there lies a block stand facing the cliff on the right side of the block. There is a line of bolts up an alarmingly blank wall. That's your route.


3 bolts and a standard rack with some small wires. Double ropes are helpful.

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By Casey Bald
Apr 14, 2007

Doubles are a really good idea on this route as after the crux bolts the route jogs down and left a bit. If using one rope, bring a long runner to prevent rope drag on the gear placed above the bolts. This piece is also a must to protect your second from swinging thirty feet or so if he/she blows the moves after the bolts.
By AWinters
From: NH
Feb 13, 2009

Stepping off the block and getting situated was definitely the crux for me. Mighty thin right there...
By David Aguasca!
From: New York
Apr 10, 2009

Double ropes help, but...I don't recommend taking an inexperienced second on this one. The swinging fall after cleaning the second bolt, before the crack, is pretty heinous.

Oh, and bring LOTS of small wires. I brought only "some" and regretted it...scary...
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Apr 11, 2009

i seem to remember that with double ropes you can place a piece above the second bolt on the crux to protect the fall... the route has tricky rope work but it can be made safe for sure...
By Annaconda
From: Seattle, WA
Jun 3, 2009

If you are short, like me at 5'6", stepping off that block is a *literal* leap of faith ...
By john strand
From: southern colo
Sep 30, 2009

years ago a friend of mine - Gwen - Literally fell across the void and pulled herself on to the wall- on lead. Gwen is 4'10"
By burlap submariner
Apr 20, 2010

above the last bolt make damn shure you traverse left. If you were to go up and right its 11+ and if you go up and left its 10+R both widely spaced bolted routes.
By Russ Keane
Nov 5, 2015

I loved this climb. Quite interesting, and dramatic.

The crack part is not actually 5.10. The 10 is at the beginning, on a steep face with bolted protection that is necessary in order to reach the crack. The crack itself is way cool and is at most 5.9. So in other words, the climbing eases off as you go towards the anchor.

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