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Northern Pike 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Sport, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Beckham & Bates 1995
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Submitted By: david goldstein on Nov 28, 2006

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Description 

Northern Pike and its neighbor, Living Dead, make a great one-two punch for the 5.11 climber. Throw in Catch-n-Release and Bird of Prey and you've got a four round knockout.

Start on the right side of Mothership, on a north facing wall with a couple of impossible looking climbs to the right of it. Pass three bolts (~5.9), go left (right would put you on Fight Club, 13b) across an arete to a couple of easy moves, clip a what-for? bolt (apparently it directs the rope over a favorable section of the arete) then clip the 5th bolt with a longer sling than you'd like. Getting to the 6th bolt is the crux and quite involved for the reach challenged. The climbing from here on is extremely enjoyable -- steep and stimulating on fabulous rock.

This pitch might feel slightly run-out. (It has six fewer bolts than the Living Dead which is 10' longer.) A small nut can be placed between the 5th and 6th bolts, taking some of the bite out of the pike.

Location 

At the northern/right end of MC.

Protection 

9 bolts.


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