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Prince Charmer 

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

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Kelly Baldwin and Bob D'Antonio
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on May 7, 2004

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BETA PHOTO: Prince Charmer. Stem up the corner, step left and...

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    Follow the trail up to the first ledge. Go left and then up to the far left side of cliff. Start in the obvious corner just left of Aerial Boundaries. Stem up the short corner over a small roof. Tend left and up to the first bolt. Make a cool move and clip the second bolt. Reach a ledge and follow the crack up to a steep slab. Clip the third bolt and make a dicey move to gain the slab. Climb on good hold up past two more bolt and reach the anchor on a large ledge. This route is still a little dirty but should clean-up with more ascents. Good route for aspiring 5.9 leader.


    A small selection of cams to a number two Friend and seven quickdraws with get you to a two-bolt belay. A 60 meter rope barely make it back to ledge. Be careful when lowering.

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    By Ron Olsen
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 17, 2004
    rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

    Some good moves past the first two bolts, but the climb is so dirty with moss, lichen and grunge that it's really not worth doing. The dicey move past the third bolt is much harder than 9+; perhaps a hold broke? Seemed more like 10c to me. If you're in the area, do Aerial Boundaries, Black Rain, and Jungle of Stone; don't bother with Prince Charmer.
    By Ivan Rezucha
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Aug 21, 2006
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    I enjoyed this climb, and it climbed better than I expected. Yes, the bottom 1/4 is dirty, but not enough to bother me. I was, not having read the beta, expecting a sport climb having climbed past the first and second bolts when doing the girdle a couple of years ago, but it climbs more like a trad climb. Fun stemming with trad gear to start (you can bypass that out right on the arete). A couple of interesting moves past two bolts over a bulge to access the arete. An easy trad hand crack (bring a red or gold Camalot), and then a puzzling move at another bolt to gain the slab. After a few minutes here, I went straight right then up, and it was easy, 5.9 at the most. Easy slab to the top. It seems like it joins the last couple of bolts of Aerials Boundaries. Is that true? Or did I miss other bolts further left?
    By D. Shaw
    Jun 30, 2011
    rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13

    Worth doing. Two crux moves on it are harder than 5.9, the start/corner is mossy and has lichen, but indeed can be avoided on right. The way I did it, after the crack, join the bolts on the route to the right, but is quite a hard move onto the face. Maybe not if you are very tall.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Jul 28, 2016
    rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

    Has cleaned up quite a bit. The gear is reasonable. A light rack to 3". 1st and 3rd bolts would be for want of longer slings. Anchors at the top are 5' too high and thus across a long edge. Belay up top and rap, lowering is hard on the ropes. A 60m should get you down OK.

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