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Lower Skyline Direct (LSD) 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Paul Bradt, Don Hubbard, Sam Moore 1939
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Submitted By: Andy Weinmann on Oct 18, 2011

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Paul Deagle on the hanging belay at bolts


A good alternate to getting up to the Skyline Traverse belay ledge when Ye Gods and Little Fishes and/or Candy Corner are busy. The original line is a wide crack/chimney and a good lead for up and coming trad leaders.

P1: Climb up through broken, sloping rock to a large pine tree. Pass the pine on the left and continue straight up a short, blocky section to a good-sized flat area with loose rock just below the obvious left-facing corner. The first pitch fin of La Bella Vista will be to your left. There's a block here you can sling with a cordelette for an anchor (you can also get to this spot from the start of Skyline Traverse by moving left around the big flake feature on the ledge at the start of the main Skyline crack).

P2 (original route): Step out left, under La Bella Vista's fin and move left into a chimney with a steep ramp further to the left. Climb the chimney and ramp to the top and up to the Skyline Traverse two-bolt anchor. Take a few large pieces.

A good variation to Pitch 2 is to basically go straight up from the belay and follow the corner, passing two cruxy bulges (2nd is harder). There are good passive pro options throughout. Continue up until you can step right onto a ledge. ~5.7. Once at that stance, there's a good high piece you can place to help with rope drag. Either build a belay further right on the ledge at your feet or boulder up (sparse pro/5.7ish moves) to the Skyline Traverse bolts.

Another variation is to step out right and move around the flake to the start of Skyline Traverse's initial crack.


About 15-20 feet right (down) from the start of Candy Corner at the base of a large tree. There is a well-stomped out, flat area here.

You can rap from the Skyline Traverse anchors but why not continue up another route? From the top of this you can link to Skyline Traverse, Dufty's Popoff, Kauffman-Cardon, etc on the Southeast Corner.


Standard Seneca rack. Bring some small nuts for the first piece or two on P2...there isn't much there. Hexes work well on this pitch too.

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By Andy Weinmann
From: Silver Spring, MD
Oct 27, 2011

After looking through Tony's guides and climbing around this corner a good deal, I've finally figured out what's what in this area. The latest book lists several options for LSD, each of which could be characterized as variations in their own right and will hopefully be listed in the new book that Tony is working on. The pic that I posted shows what I always thought of as "LSD", but is actually a variation. I've found it to be a clean and well-protectable corner that feels about 5.7. The face and crack system to the left I have always assumed to be Skylab (5.9) and the outside buttress/arete to be P1 of La Bella Vista (5.10a).

Another option moves right from the start of LSD's P2 and traverses over to join Skyline Traverse near the start of that climb.

The original line goes left from the P2 belay and climbs a wide crack/chimney to the Skyline Traverse Ledge. Take a couple large pieces (4-5").
By Mark Maier
Sep 29, 2012
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13

The one thing this route has going for it is that it probably will be free on a busy afternoon when all the known routes have lines on them. It appears you can get on this route from either the west or east side of the buttress. We came in from the east side and went up the whole corner system in one rope length. While the holds are positive and there is plenty of gear things sounded hollow and various holds creaked. It seemed pretty loose to me.

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