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Pea Pod 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
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Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Marta Reece on Nov 24, 2013

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North Rabbit Ear: looking up at the Pea Pod (Apr....

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The description below, found in NMSU archives, was created by the legendary Southwest Mountaineers. It is at a minimum twenty years old, but likely dates as far back as 1970’s. The rock itself may have changed since that time. The rating system certainly has. For comparison, the Davis Route is listed in the same document as 5.3 and Boyer’s Chute as 5.2. So please treat what follows as a rough guide to an adventure, not as a solid and current info. If you do climb the route, sharing of what you learn would be appreciated.

Go up to the Bivouac Ledge (see the Awful Buttress description for location) by any of a variety of ways. The route goes up the "obvious chimney" between the first pitches of the Awful Buttress and the Miracle Route. Toddle up the chimney for two pitches to a large ledge (which reaches leftward to the Awful Buttress). From here go straight up the "nasty" chimney or 10' left up an amusing variation. This reaches within 20' of the ridge of the Miracle Route. But no, go up the pea-pod-like crack and up and about a boulder to where you finally meet the confluence of the Awful Buttress and Miracle Routes. From here on you're on your own, buddy.


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By Karl Kiser
Nov 25, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The Pea Pod route is a variation pitch to the chimney variation of Awful Buttress.
It went up several chimney pitches to a belay on a steep ridge of rock near the top. The Pea Pod (5.8) is a steep relatively short off width pitch to the left. The end of this pitch would place one a bit below the top of North Rabbit Ear.

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