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West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
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Mountain Jam 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Kent McClanan and Mick Follari, 2009
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Submitted By: Jay Eggleston on Apr 28, 2011

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    Start at a pillar with a nice hand crack above its left edge. Climb to the top of the pillar and engage the crack above. Easier climbing leads to a sloping ledge and a rotten overhang. Above the overhang is a great crack in a perfect open book. Getting over the overhang is the crux and while it is well-protected, there is a lot of loose crumbly rock to negotiate on the way. This might be a little scary for a leader at their limit. Above the overhang, climb the excellent crack to the ledge below the south face of the Potato Chip. You can also head left (recommended) to a tree with slings before the ledge.


    This is on the right side of the buttress located below and to the southwest of the Potato Chip. This is the first crack system right of Don't Peel. Rap from a tree at about 70' or head up to the ledge below the Potato Chip and go left to a big tree on the west edge of the ledge and rap 60' west to the ground.


    Standard rack.

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    By Steve Sangdahl
    From: eldo sprngs,co
    Apr 28, 2011

    I believe this was done back in the mid-1980s. There evidence of an ascent way back then. Peace and fuk-nes, Steve S.
    By Jay Eggleston
    From: Denver
    Apr 28, 2011

    Steve, I listed the FA info. listed in the Steve Levin guide. If you are the first ascencionist, or know who is, I will change the info. on this page.
    By Kent McClannan
    Oct 23, 2013

    Steve, the evidence you mention is likely downhill near Hypothermia.
    Also worth mentioning, this route continues to the summit of the Potato Chip. From the top of P1, climb up the slab to the base of the south face. P2 climbs the 5.8 finger crack just right of Mr. Potato Head. Ascend the crack, then the face above to the summit. For a more difficult option, climb the finger crack and then move left at the obvious, angling crack system. Follow this to the summit (5.10).

    Descent: rap the south face from bolts. Although the climbing may not be 4 stars, the summit is.

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