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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: Andrew Gram on Aug 25, 2001

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    This very nice, easy route is near the far left edge of Rincon, just right of an easy 3rd class descent gully. Climb an easy dihedral past a tree to a big ledge. Great gear, great rock, and great climbing make this a great easy pitch-if only it were longer.


    Stoppers, small to medium cams.

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    By James Balasalle
    Nov 20, 2002

    Agreed, good climb. Good gear the whole way for beginning leaders. Good belay anchors up top as well.

    Just needs to be longer.
    By Rob Migliore
    Jun 25, 2004
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    Mostly a good route to build beginner leader confidence except one real spicy move in the middle, which is why I think the route is more a 5.6 or harder. The descent wasn't too obvious either. Maybe I took a wrong turn.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Jun 19, 2005

    You can make this longer by working up and right to a chimney, but it's not spectacular and very loose on top. This puts you on the walk-off from "over and out" instead of going down the gully. It would easily get two stars if the good part were longer.
    By Sam Benedict
    From: Denver, CO
    Jan 31, 2008

    Neat pitch. The chimney above is actualy pretty cool but should probably be done as a separate pitch. And, yes, getting to the base of the chimney from the top of NIC is a bitch and very loose. And above that, starting on the "walk off ledge" is a third pitch that has seen only two ascents that I know of; it goes at about 5.8 PG-13 and has quite a bit of loose rock and shrubbery, very fun climbing though. Rap off a tree to get down.
    By Jon Underhill
    Jun 23, 2009
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    This is a fun climb. I would give the descent gully a 4th class rating vs. 3rd. The tree up top provided an excellent rappel anchor that seemed like the safer option.

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