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YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: K. McLane, T. Marks, 1984
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Submitted By: Peter Spindloe on Sep 2, 2007

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A fun climb, but not very sustained and soft for 5.9. The crux is a very nice tight hands corner crack that is supplemented by some convenient holds on the arete of the left wall. Protection opportunities decrease along with the difficulty.

With a 70m rope you can lower down Supervalue placing some directionals so that climb can be toproped. (Supervalue is so good that while it's a great and well-protected lead, it's worth toproping if you don't feel up to leading it).


In the corner right of the Supervalue buttress.


Tight hands to hands. You don't need much as the crux is short, and the rest is either solid jams, or very easy, or pinched off so it doesn't accept pro. It's still a reasonably protected climb unless you're maxed out at 5.8.

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By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Oct 22, 2013
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Looks like this corner is now twice the climb it was.
By Ashort
From: Tacoma, WA
May 6, 2015

Any info on the clean corner above this line mentioned by Geoff? Does it also go at 5.9? Can it be linked with the pitch below or does it need to be pitched out?
By Dru
May 13, 2015

It's a totally separate climb, 5.7
By Mat Brunton
Jul 12, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun, long route. Crux seemed to be the vertical and slightly diagonal crack about midway up once you emerge from the lower corner. Spacey pro for a short section with easier climbing up high on the route.
By Daniel Israel
From: Montreal, Quebec
Jun 15, 2017

I definitely didn't think it was soft for 5.9. I guess maybe I didn't go straight in the crack. very nice, but I thought the crux was good and plenty 5.9.

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