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The Gates of Lodore 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Luebben and Harper, '98
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Skip Harper on Oct 14, 2014

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The upper section of Gates of Ladore.

Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 MORE INFO >>>

Description 

This is the big crack splitting the east face (#1 on FIGURES 1 & 2), going from a body squeezing start to offwidth to hands. It's smooth 'in there' at the start, so either wear a non-skid rubber suit or be ready to exert extra pressure against the opposing faces. Higher up, one must transition out of the fat crack and into a great hand crack. Belay and descend (about 60 feet) from two ring anchors at the top.

Location 

It is the East Face of the formation. See the Figs. 1 and 2 for the location of route #1, the climb, and top anchors.

Protection 

Take a half rack, doubles in the medium range, and at least 2 #5 Big Bros or equivalent large cams (cams probably preferable , we also used the two largest 'Big Dudes' at the time - it flares!) for the beginning (negotiating this area might be the crux, or maybe higher up where the crack spits you out). (There are anchors at the top).


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By Evan Wisheropp
Aug 3, 2017
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

24' up you can get a good #4 Big Bro, followed by a #6, #5, then smaller stuff in the more mild portion of the climb. Good climb, but like much of the routes at the Maze, it is a whole number grade soft compared to other Vedauwoo routes.

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