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YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b R

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b R [details]
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Submitted By: Morgan Brown on Sep 14, 2002

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Mt. Doom slab route

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Description 

Depending on where you start from, this route can be almost 80 feet long. Descend a gnarly climbers' trail along Mount Doom's sunny west face. The ideal belay spot is an obvious series of boulders. From there, the climb is about 70 feet high. The first 20 feet are easy, but unprotected scalloped sandstone slabs, 5.4 or so. Gain a series of classic CRSP pockets and tie off a runner in a cave if you wish. After another 20 feet or so, you reach the "big ledge" of Morris's guidebook. Aim for a small bush on the ledge. A vertical crack left of the bush will accept a medium nut. A couple moves of 5.6 get you to a large step. The underside of this step will take medium gear; I placed a medium hex and a medium nut. The crux of the climb is the next couple moves. Take the path of least resistance to overcome the ledge. The anchor is 10 feet of class 4 climbing away. There are six bolts in plain sight: two rusty 1/4" spinners, two decent 3/8" bolts, and two brand new 3/8" bolts, each with a rap ring.

Copied from my Castle Rock page: sepwww.stanford.edu/sep/morgan...

Protection 

Leave the cams at home. Runner to tie off buckethandle holds. Medium-to-large nuts elsewhere. New two-bolt anchor with rap rings at summit.


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By Robert Hall
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From: North Conway, NH
Mar 28, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R

Finding myself alone but with rope a few years ago, I rope-soloed up this but took the easier "cop-out" to the right (about 5.4-5.5 ? ), then back left to the top. Protection was pretty good with med.-sized Camalots, except for the move up and around the right side of the OH. Then TR'd the main line (about 5.7) and the "Summit Route".

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