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Operation Condor 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Ethan Newman, Steffan Gregory
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: EJN on Aug 30, 2014

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Pitch 3 finger crack

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Operation Condor is a fun route leading up to the big roof at the top of the third pitch of Kung Fu Fighter. The two linked up would make a solid and varied bit of cragging.

P1: Go up the blocky left facing corner for fifty or so feet. A few thin-to-wide hands pieces protects this short pitch. 5.8

P2:Face climb up and left on thin plates for 11 bolts.

P3: Step left off the belay and latch a hold right on the arete. From there, bust up and left into a finger crack that leads up to the edge of the Kung Fu Fighter roof. Continue up through the roof to the third pitch Kung Fu Fighter anchor.


Same approach as Kung Fu fighter (look for the splitter crack below a massive roof), just climb the crack to your right instead of heading up left for KFF.

Descent: Rap the route with a single 60m. Anchors have been equipped with painted chain. Rappelling P2, you have to do a bit of a pendulum at the bottom, stopper knots are recommended on that rappel.


Doubles from red C3 to blue camalot. One BD #4. Quickdraws and slings. One Rope.

Photos of Operation Condor Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Op Con Pitch 2 photo Steph Abegg
Op Con Pitch 2 photo Steph Abegg
Rock Climbing Photo: OPCON P2
Rock Climbing Photo: Kung Fu Theater Central Overlay
Kung Fu Theater Central Overlay
Rock Climbing Photo: OPCON

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By BSU_Zac
Oct 19, 2014
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Amazing climb that is definitely worth doing and worth venturing away from the pages of the SuperTopo. This climb has fun climbing over blocks (P1; 5.8), thin face climbing on really thin plates which varies between vertical and just past vertical (P2; 5.10), and finally a pitch that transitions from 5.11 fingers to a scrappy chimney/roof exit (P3; 5.11). Must do. Congrats guys on putting up a great route, bolting P2 must have been bold.
By James Enrico
Feb 3, 2017

Did this route a bit ago. Here were my thoughts.

P1: 5.8R block climbing, if it goes its going huge!
P2: 10+ zesty wandering face climbing past well spaced bolts, was this pitch headpointed?
P3:5.11 a few unprotected moves off the belay to gain the amazing crack. Hope to go back for the send!

Gear: triple fingers would not go unused

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