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Purple Stripe 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b PG13

Type:  Trad, TR, 35'
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b PG13 [details]
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Submitted By: Doug Hemken on Oct 23, 2007

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Rock colorations i.e Purple Stripes. To be found ...


Climb up the set-back to the ledge, or climb a crack on the right and hand-traverse left to the ledge (more contrived, but more fun moves). Step up on a decent foothold out on the face, and work your way through a serious of strenuous small holds up the seam to the top. Clever footwork pays dividends here.


The main portion of White Wall hosts a couple of 12's, and "Purple Stripe." On the left side of this sweep of rock is a square cut set-back with a ledge/alcove on its right.


Gear to 2" for the lower part. Gear from 1/8 - 1/2" at the crux. It's actually possible to get 3-4 pieces in, if you have enough small gear and the patience to hang out and place it.

Although there is gear, it requires precision to place it well, so I'd still call this route PG13.

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Dunbar again. Multiple shadowing makes it hard to...
Rock Climbing Photo: Making the final stab. Good-ish gear.
Making the final stab. Good-ish gear.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dunbar
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Rock Climbing Photo: En pointe.
En pointe.

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By Burt Lindquist
From: Madison, WI
Apr 19, 2009

Wow! Got on the sharp end on this this weekend past but had to swerve off at the crux. Felt like 10+ on the second try. Sheesch! Tricky and devious to say the least.. there is good gear but to let go and place calls for a serious pump for the grade. Beautiful!
By Tradiban
Jul 27, 2009

I also bailed off the crux to the left. I went up with only a set of nuts but if I had a small cam it would have been well protectable, the nuts went in but were crap.
By Josh Knapp
From: East Troy, Wisconsin
Nov 21, 2011
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13

Ha! My story is the same! Went for the onsight, got a decent #1C3 just before the crux, but it wasn't enough to climb above not knowing what lies I bailed left also. After a tough OS on TR I was glad I didn't go for it! 10+ sounds about right.
By Dunbar Carpenter
From: Albuquerque, NM
Oct 10, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

The crux of this route, the very last move, is definitely height-dependent. I was able to statically grab the top edge from a precarious but okay position below, but others would have to make a much trickier move to reach. I'll give it 5.9+ - it was probably more of a 9 for me, but definitely harder for someone shorter.

I lead this after a TR. The whole route actually has good protection, including the top, it's just tricky to get stuff in the last 10 ft because its a small crack and the stance you get is balancy and a bit strenuous.

Really fun route, including the bottom.

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