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The Plunge 

YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Brian Shelton, Mark Tjaden, August ‘04
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on May 3, 2010

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Lee Rittenmeyer heading up The Plunge.

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This climb consists of very thin climbing and smearing on a rather steep section of wall. As with many of the climbs on the Whale, this one wanders a bit, back and forth past the bolts. The third bolt protects the crux and the route is well-bolted. The top out is on easy ground and goes to a two bolt rap anchor.


Near the center of the wall. This is the route immediately to the right of The Thin Line, which is easy to find due to the thin white line mineral deposit that gives the route its name.


5 bolts, bolted anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Ben at the crux.
Ben at the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris at the crux, hoping to not take the Plunge.
Chris at the crux, hoping to not take the Plunge.

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By Ed Krejcik
From: Broomfield, CO
Oct 5, 2014
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Maybe it's me, but I thought this was harder than Tava on Solar Slab. The crux seems a little thinner and balancy, but Tava may be more sustained? Not that either are that long.
By Cody E
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 4, 2015

Like the description above, I think this route really wanders left/right of the bolt line. I tried running straight up and stalled out (was also pumped from climbing all day, and purposely was trying to not to wander to far right/left from the bolt line). A fun and tough climb I'll return to tick off another day.

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