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Rainbow Ridge 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a PG13

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 700'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a PG13 [details]
FA: Chip Salaun and Doug Allcock, 1980
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Oct 20, 2014

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Deb pauses on her scramble of P3's ridge.

Description 

This is a quick route for end-of-the-roader types. It probably gets very little traffic and starts in the shade. The description from guidebooks may be a bit hard to follow, but the route essentially travels the right side of this modest crag in 2-3 pitches. The description here may be a variation of the actual line, but it works.

P1. Ascend a slab with light protection opportunities. Perhaps 50-60 feet up, you have to choose to go up lichened slab or traverse right to the edge of the crag. We went right. One could stop here ~110' up or continue leftward gaining a nicely featured face with knobs somewhat reminiscent of the golden knob pitch on the Grand Teton's Upper Exum Ridge. ~230' up is a good flake below a stump.

P2. Angle right to the edge and into the sun. Continue up the edge on slightly gritty rock to a ledge ~220' up.

P3. Continue up the edge, pass an ET-reminiscent horn. The terrain soon flattens out passing a couple 4th class descent options. However, you may continue upward to tag the top of the crag ~260' up. If you go this way, the descent is a walkoff.

Location 

This starts on the right side of the crag just right of a pine needle filled groove on a slab.

Protection 

A light rack to a #3.5 Camalot, wires, and a few hexes work. We used a 70m rope, but that is not essential.


Photos of Rainbow Ridge Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: This shows some of the terrain from ~60' up on the...
This shows some of the terrain from ~60' up on the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Deb gets into the sun on P2.
Deb gets into the sun on P2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Deb climbs on the 2nd half of P1.
Deb climbs on the 2nd half of P1.
Rock Climbing Photo: This shows Deb (red helmet) at the start the climb...
This shows Deb (red helmet) at the start the climb...
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the odd-shaped flake on P3.
This is the odd-shaped flake on P3.
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the approximate line of the route.
This is the approximate line of the route.

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