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YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 320', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Brian and Jonathan Smoot 1995
Season: dry summer
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Submitted By: Brian in SLC on Mar 28, 2010

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A good alternative to the often croweded Lowe Route, or, if you've already ticked the Lowe Route.

P1: Do the first pitch of the Lowe Route.

P2: Step up, and, at the shallow ledge, instead of heading up right as for the Lowe Route, step up left and follow several bolts pretty much straight up, passing a couple of fixed pins and another bolt, to a fixed belay anchor left of the left slanting overhanging corner above.

P3: Traverse to the right to pass the overhang, then step up and back left to a couple of pins and bolts to the summit ridge.

Put up on lead.

Fun route, plenty of air, and a nice line.


Route is located to the left of the Lowe Route, after doing the first pitch and short bit of the second pitch of that route.


Standard rack. Protection on the faces is mostly fixed.

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By Mr. Hummus
From: SLC, Utah
Jul 3, 2013

I really liked this route. Love the dihedral on the first pitch! and the face climbing that follows is really fun and offers incredible exposure. We were in a hurry, so I linked pitch 1 and 2 using a 60 meter rope w/out problem. To link pitches one and two only requires a single rack and 12 or 14 alpine draws. I only had 7 alpine draws and 7 quickdraws and I started to get a bit of drag the last 40 ft.
The slings on the bolts at the top of pitch two are pretty faded and should be replaced soon.
Get on this route!
By drock3
Jun 29, 2015

First 2 pitches are 4 star climbing for sure. 3rd pitch is OK. I'd recommend topping out via the 3rd pitch of the Lowe route. This keeps you on amazing 4 star climbing the whole way.
By Sam Cannon
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 5, 2017

Have to strongly disagree with drock3 here. I thought the 3rd pitch was every bit as good, if not better in some ways, than the Lowe Route p3. I found all the bolts and pins but they certainly seemed to appear out of nowhere. Just had to trust the patina and go for it. If you've done the Lowe Route already, do the final pitch on this thing, it's brilliant.
By Thomas G.
From: SLC, Utah
Jul 5, 2017

I agree with Sam - I thought The Answer was consistently brilliant. I would strongly recommend the last pitch.

You can link pitches one and two with a 70m rope, but just barely. A 60m will not work! Make sure to bring lots of extra long slings to reduce drag.

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