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West Buttress aka Comedy Wall
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L to R R to L Alpha
Comedy Works S 
Divine Wind T 
Far Side, The S 
Night Stalker T 
Practical Joke T,S 
True Comedian S 

Practical Joke 

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

   
Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Mark Rolofson, 2000
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Submitted By: Ivan Rezucha on Jan 21, 2005

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At the third bolt.

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  • Description 

    A decent, moderate, slabby route. Can be done all gear if you climb right of the last 2 bolts (or place gear up and right of the last 2 bolts, then step back down and climb to the anchors). If you're a beggining trad climber, try clipping every other bolt and place gear in between.

    Start: From where the trail hits the base of Blob, hike left and up. Scramble up a slab. There is a large right facing corner (Divine Wind). Left of that is a roof with a couple of very hard bolted lines. Left of that is a large left facing corner (Night Stalker). At the left end of the next slabby area is Practical Joke. Just left of Practical Joke are a couple of very short hard bolted routes. This is the start of "Comedy Wall".

    Climb past a bulge. At the third bolt, step right across a narrow slab (crux), then up easier low/angle ground. A couple more moves up the final slab leads to the anchors. You can make this harder by avoiding the various cracks left and right of the bolts.

    Protection 

    8 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor with rings and/or gear. If doing this all trad, double aliens green to red, singles above that, 1 set nuts.


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    Rock Climbing Photo: Looking to the west, you can see the first bit of ...
    Looking to the west, you can see the first bit of ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from above the anchors.  This route c...
    Looking down from above the anchors. This route c...
    Rock Climbing Photo: The route climbs the narrow slab right of the oran...
    The route climbs the narrow slab right of the oran...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Practical Joke.  The crux is turning the bulge pas...
    BETA PHOTO: Practical Joke. The crux is turning the bulge pas...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Peter Dillon moving right at the bulge by the thir...
    Peter Dillon moving right at the bulge by the thir...

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