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Merrimac Butte, The Albatross 

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

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
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Submitted By: charley graham on Nov 5, 2009

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A sustained thin-hand splitter on pretty damn good Entrada comprises the first pitch. Belay on a ledge halfway up the butte. The second pitch follows a narrowing crack until you can worm into the chimney and wriggle to the top (5.10+).


200 ft. left of the southeast prow of Merrimac butte on a west facing wall.


Doubles of fingers to fists with extra thin hands.

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By jakobi
From: moab, utah
Mar 20, 2013

Pretty darn good route, you might forget that you're climbing Entrada.
By Steven Lucarelli
From: Moab, UT
Jun 17, 2014
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Extra-extra #1's and .75's. Anything bigger than a #2 Camalot is just extra weight.
By Trevor Bowman
From: Sheridan, WY
Nov 10, 2015

A great Entrada route for sure, with a variety of burly sizes. The 2nd pitch involves some pretty wild climbing up the chimney, with a face splitter providing pretty good pro. There are some sizable loose blocks to avoid on this pitch, and a very tight squeeze finale that is best tackled deep in the depths of the chimney.
The first pitch belay has a newer bolt and a splitter crack which requires an extra #1 Camalot or two. The rap anchors (which are on a separate system about 50' left of the Albatross route) are uninspiring and could greatly benefit from an update! Two single rope raps with a 70m gets you down, but the initial rap is very close, so watch the ends carefully.

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