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Parallel Journey 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Rossiter and Sciolino
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Submitted By: Edward Jenner on Oct 4, 2003

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  • Description 

    Getting there: Follow the trail to the north end of Mickey Mouse wall past the large block, from which Perversion starts. Just past this block is a low-angle left-facing dihedral below the groove between the 'Mouse Ears' which is also the standard rappel route. Climb the dihedral past a tree to a large ledge. The dihedral is 5.5 and looks a bit easier than it is. I would suggest roping up, even if you only place 2 pieces for this section.

    P1: From the ledge at the top of the dihedral follow the right of two cracks 6 feet apart. The crack continues through some .7, .8, and .9(+) moves through a bulge and finally to a rest stance. Some of the sections look like they are going to be much harder than 5.9 and may tempt you into the crack on the left. I did not use the crack on the left at all since another party was climbing it, but is certainly looked tempting in some spots and may make a few moves easier. The pitch is about 130+ feet, quite sustained, had some tricky small pro and felt harder than many 5.9s in Eldo and much harder than Perversion. For this reason I give it 9+.

    P2: Scramble up to a slab with a finger crack, below a bulge leading to the notch between the 'Mouse Ears' towers. Delicately climb the slab, then power over the bulge on decent but awkward hands. Although we did this as two pitches because of other parties on the wall, I would recommend doing one long pitch. The first pitch is quite long anyway [30 feet].


    Rack up to #3.5 Friend. Lots of smaller pieces. I used 6 TCUs and Aliens and would probably have placed a few RPs as well if I'd had them.

    Photos of Parallel Journey Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Mark Speiker starts up his "Parallel Journey ...
    Mark Speiker starts up his "Parallel Journey ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Gordo on P3, yarding...briefly.
    Gordo on P3, yarding...briefly.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Gordo on P3, setting up for the yarding.
    Gordo on P3, setting up for the yarding.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Gordo on P2, above the crux.
    Gordo on P2, above the crux.
    Rock Climbing Photo:
    Rock Climbing Photo: Gordo on P1, alpine-esque.
    Gordo on P1, alpine-esque.

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    By Edward Jenner
    Oct 6, 2003

    I should add that my P1 is P2 in the photo and the P1 in the photo is the 5.5 dihedral, just in case anyone was confused.
    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 6, 2003

    This route is a bit confusing because as you say you can make it easier by using the left crack. It felt contrived to me to stick exclusively to the right crack. If you use both cracks and take the easiest line it felt 5.9, and in most places easier.
    By shad O'Neel
    Jan 17, 2004
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    Combined with the first pitch of [Perversion], this makes a great route. I felt this pitch was more sustained than P1 of [Perversion], but the moves were maybe less technical. Who knows? Good fun and good gear. Thoughtful.
    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Sep 7, 2005

    Very nice middle pitch with interesting cruxes & good pro & good rests. Agree that 1st pitch detracts from the quality, P1 of Perversion is probably better. You can do it only moving out of the crack at the big flake mid pitch & keep it 9. Save a #2 or 2.5 Friend for the last crux on middle pitch. Also, bummed that I left an old style #4 Camalot at/near the base today :(
    By Clint Locks
    From: Boulder
    Sep 3, 2007
    rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

    P2 and 3 have become two of my favorite .9(+?) pitches in the Eldo area! Great fun! P1, however...Don't bother. Start with Perversion and traverse over. You'll be glad you did.
    By Shane Zentner
    From: Colorado
    Nov 4, 2007

    Stay with the right crack as it is well-protected and fun. Expect a long pitch with good gear, excellent position, good exposure, and thought provoking moves. The gear is good where it needs to be (I placed nothing bigger than a #2 Camalot).

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