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Potato Chipper 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: John Musso, Wayne Montoya, Rick Thomspon
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on May 30, 2007

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An excellent, new addition to Shelf, this route is only slightly squeezed in (as compared to other routes of this era).

Begin just right of Precious Stone, climbing up to the ledge and the first bolt. Traverse right to the rounded arete, presumably avoiding the big column out right. Head up the prow with some difficult slaps to a great rest at mid-height. A massive pocket provides some good underclinging possibilities, and sequential pockets and a mono head up to easier ground and the anchors. This route is a bit contrived. One could probably stem to the right wall at numerous spots, but if you put on your 'Shelf blinders' this is a great route on perfect rock.


100 feet north of the Family Jewels section is a clean wall with 2 bolted routes. Potato Chipper is the right route on this wall.


Bolts to 2 BA.

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By Alex Shainman
Oct 30, 2010

Awfully contrived with the corner on the right and discontinuous movement. Not nearly as good as the route to its left.
By slim
Jun 4, 2012
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Pretty tedious to not use the column/stance at the bottom. Hanging the draw at the 3rd bolt is a long reach, even if you are 6'2", +2. Couldn't quite get it clipped and had to clip off tough holds with a thin stance. Fell just as I got the rope clipped. Another bolt up high was hard to hang the draw as well. Do yourself a favor, try to have your partner hang the draws. If the 3rd bolt was about 6" lower, it would be a pretty easy clip. I thought this was a slight knock against the route. with some minor tweaks it could be 3 or 4 stars.
By Curt MacNeill
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 18, 2015

Fantastic line with great stone and movement. Do it!
By AJ O.
From: Arvada, CO
Oct 24, 2016

So many better routes at The Vault than this thing. Finding holds is half the battle. The other half is keeping you rope out of the cactus that surround this pile.
By SammyJ
From: Colorado springs
Mar 6, 2017

I did not find it tempting to stem out to the right. The movement seemed to flow well. Sure clipping the 3rd is a little heady, but I didn't see any real risk in blowing it as a fall there would be clean.

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