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Mountain Minor 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b PG13

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 115'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b PG13 [details]
FA: Amy Colburn, Mark Sprague, Robert Hall
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: amy colburn on Oct 7, 2013

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BETA PHOTO: Pitch two, main face.


Starts in a right facing corner (photo) about 30 feet left of Big Foot's arete.

Pitch 1:(5.10a) Climb the face and corner, with the crux after good gear about half way up at a bulge. Continue up the corner to a two bolt anchor at the base of an alcove.

Pitch 2:(5.10 b/c) Climb into the alcove and exit up a slabby face on the right. Transition onto the main face at the top of the slab and head straight up following the path of least resistance to the base of the right-diagonalling crack. Follow this diagonal crack to its top at a two bolt anchor. Rappel twice with a 60 meter rope, or once with a seventy.

With enough gear and a 70m rope you can combine both pitches. A 60m is a little tight to lower from the top with the rope going through the gear. Breaking it into two allows the belayer to see what is going on while climbing up the side of the alcove and there is less rope drag though.


Both pitches take mostly good gear. A single rack of camalots to number two, with doubles of grey to green helpful, and a few small to medium nuts for the second pitch. Bring more cams, slings and a 70m rope if combing the two pitches.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up pitch one.
Starting up pitch one.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down P1
Looking down P1
Rock Climbing Photo: Transitioning off the pitch two slab face onto the...
Transitioning off the pitch two slab face onto the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch one.
BETA PHOTO: Pitch one.

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By Robert Hall
From: North Conway, NH
Oct 8, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13

Re' Protection- A Gold (#8) B-D Stopper fits in the "wide way" to protect the move out from the slab to the face on P2.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Oct 8, 2013

Nice job ABC !
By M Sprague
From: New England
Oct 8, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

This is a really nice route! The first pitch can feel a little awkward until you figure out to chimney a couple moves in the corner (back to the left), but the second pitch leads up out the right side of the alcove to the upper face climbed via a great angling finger and hand crack. This jam crack at the top is what makes the route for me.
By Aaron Rashaw
Oct 9, 2013

Looks great, is this the first route out there with no bolts (besides anchors)? By the time I get back to the Northeast this place will be a regular craggin' destination! Keep up the good work.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Oct 9, 2013

I'm thinking this area should be renamed "Green's Light" because of the short approach ?
By M Sprague
From: New England
Oct 11, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Yeah, exactly. It is not as committing or involved to get out here compared to the Main Wall or the Alcove I have made it in in 40 minutes hiking fast. To get to the Main Wall is only about an hour and a half at most now though. I am pretty psyched for this area.. more routes to do closer together and in the grade range. The Main Wall still has the bigger dramatic lines though and the Alcove some gems.

^^ so far, Arron. Everything else has at least one bolt so far, usually down low to get you to a crack. I think there will be some pure trad lines though.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Oct 28, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

I removed the couple of obvious death flakes from the route Friday, but it could still use some cleaning. That may have to wait until spring as I was shuffling through snow when out there so the gate will likely be closed soon. I personally think it needs a bolt in the middle section of the second pitch, as the gear likely wouldn't hold much more than a falling cat. Other than that, it will be a great route when brought up to full spec, and seems to be kicking people's butts for the grade (hint- get right of the crack at the top and you can get your hands in deeper for good jams)

Update - Things are much cleaner now and I found a shoulder sling draped over the rounded flake where you make the transition to the upper face works well. It feels slightly heady doing the balancy moves above the flake, but you are soon getting in good nuts and cams. Just before the flake, if you do a move or two out right the horizontal provides a bomber cam placement and better fall line (extend it with a sling)
By Robert Hall
From: North Conway, NH
Nov 20, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13

Kinda glad to hear it's "kicking butts for the grade" [even at "b/c" ?!]. It seemed quite a bit more strenuous, and more sustained than I expected. I said "No Way 5.10a", so Amy put it in as b/c, but maybe harder??? As I recall, about 1/2 way up the crack the slab on the right of the crack has/had(?) some of that 'powdery lichen' that loves to blow off your feet...anybody brush it yet?!....or maybe I should have been jamming my feet????..
As for the pro, my recollection on cleaning it was that it was all solid except for between the exit and the start of the crack where a cam or two are placed "down" into a sunken horizontal crack...Tricams would probably work better. However, the climbing in this section is a couple of grades easier than the crux crack, maybe 5.8 +/-?, and easier than P1.

By Tom Bowker
From: somewhere in the USA
Aug 4, 2014
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13

Really good route with adequate pro. Got spit out of the top crack twice. Hard for the grade IMHO.
By amy colburn
Aug 5, 2014

I'm not at all set on the grade so if people think it's 10d we can upgrade it!
By M Sprague
From: New England
Aug 5, 2014
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Beta - I think it really helps on the upper crack to keep your body to the right rather than getting sucked into semi laybacking it to the left like I see some do it. Staying right allows you to get your hands in deeper for the great jams.

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