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Paladin 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Greg Child, Andrew Thompson
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Submitted By: Phil Schuld on Jul 14, 2017

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Description 

If I remember correctly, the Mentz/Tempest guide describes the crux of Paladin as "vicious" and I'd have a hard time arguing with that. While the crux is pretty brief, it is exciting, and the surrounding moves are excellent and not easy enough to be trivial.

Scramble up to some good, if small, gear and make an awkward move into a great stance below the crux. Nest a couple pieces and go for broke on the horrendously shallow crack/seam feature using your jamming skills or layback prowess. Placing gear, breathing, or maintaining any poise is very difficult in this section. Eek your way to the obvious pod and slam in a widget (phew!). Savor the upper corner on equally excellent, but easier climbing and top out.

This is a great one to do in the evening. Midday sun will assuredly make the hard, insecure crux even harder and more insecure.

Location 

The next obvious shield of orange rock a couple minutes right of the Pebbles/Bam-Bam pinnacle. If you reach the Die-Loaded area, you've gone a hair too far.

Protection 

Mostly small cams and nuts. Purple metolius to red camalot. No fixed anchor.


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