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Moon Face 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, TR
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Tom Anderson-Brown on May 10, 2002

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Mike at the seldom visited Split Tower


Moon Face is the face on the northeast portion of Split Tower. Climb the face using delicate moves to get off the ground. Throw some pro in the crack and continue higher to easier terrain.


Small to medium stoppers or cams

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Rock Climbing Photo: Moon Walka (1), Half Moon (2), Dark Side of the Mo...
BETA PHOTO: Moon Walka (1), Half Moon (2), Dark Side of the Mo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Keller cleaning up Moon Face.
Keller cleaning up Moon Face.

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By Kate Okenatez
Oct 6, 2003

I agree, the bottom couple moves are pretty delicate. It's a fun route to lead--too bad it's not 60ft longer!
By Pete Arndt
Jan 10, 2005

Regarding the finish of Moon Face: There is a large block that sits atop the Split Towers formation. When leading Moon Face one might consider finishing the climb up the center of the block. Your "pro" will be at your feet and it will feel harder and be a bit more committing than the 5.7 grade for the climb. Highly recommend it.
By Doug Hemken
From: Madison, WI
Aug 8, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

Avoiding the right-hand corner makes this a bit harder.

The first piece of pro is a small/micro cam. I'd call this lead PG because of the difficulty placing gear from not-enough-crimps. However the gear is well enough spaced, and bomber, and the crux isn't too far from the ground.
By Burt Lindquist
From: Madison, WI
Nov 7, 2016

Totally agree on your comment hear Doug. It felt solid 5.8 on the lead not touching any feet or hands over to the right! This is a really fun little lead and the gear is good and obvious. To bad it's so short....If you try to lead the block on the top straight on.... you are in for a big surprise as Pete says.

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