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YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
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Submitted By: Bryson Slothower on Mar 20, 2006

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Great arete climb away from the hordes. Shares the same start as Wave of Bliss but stays on the arete.

The first bolt is about 15' up the arete followed by another bolt, then a piton. Once past the piton the climbing becomes much more difficult but well protected.
Technical arete climbing on crimps and smears lead to slightly easier ground just below the anchor.


The stunning arete to the left of Kunza Korner



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By Bryson Slothower
May 8, 2006

thanks Vern
By Karsten Duncan
From: Sacramento, CA
Oct 22, 2006

Nice looking route Bryson. This thing just get put up? Looks like your pulling hard these days too. I miss Smith, at least Vegas has a few descent things to climb. Cheers
By Max Tepfer
From: Bend, OR
Mar 4, 2017
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Probably the best 12a arete in the park. It feels like an easier version of Last Waltz with comparable movement and rock quality. For sure worth the walk.

I thought that the hardest move (certainly hardest to read) was getting to the pin. Also, WTF? Why is there a fixed pin on a sport climb? I'd vote that it get yanked and replaced by a bolt. On that note, the second bolt seems a little low. (it's only 3-4 feet above the first) I whipped moving to the pin and stopped a foot or so off the deck. (my partner got pulled up and ended up above me) The rope isn't touching the rock at this point, so there's very little friction to distribute impact force. It wouldn't be that hard to clip higher and would make it a much safer lead. (and also possibly negate the need for the piton.

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