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A Fish Called Wanda T 
Atlantis T,TR 
Delta Y S,TR 
Get the Net T 
Glass Ocean S 
High Dive T 
Hydroplane T 
Left Tributary S 
Lord of the Long Arms T,TR 
Northwest Passage T,TR 
Open Water T 
Pane, The S 
Right Tributary T 
Sail Away S 
Seam, The T 
Thar She Blows T 
Troubled Seas T 
Tsunami S 

The Seam 

YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 25'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: G. Kirchhoff 10/2010 - FKFA
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Submitted By: grk10vq on Jul 16, 2013

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BETA PHOTO: 1. Glass Ocean 2. Left Tributary 3. Right Tribut...


The paper thin crack on the right side of the face, just a sliver... it goes! Labeled as "seam" on the topo in the Ruckman Guide, this improbable looking line is a riot of a route and a true test of gear fiddlery. Mildly sequential, this technical climb takes small, but good protection.

Scramble up a chossy step feature to an off-set seam. Hover up the crack using finger tips, pinches, and thin, thin edges. The route's crux comes at about a body length off the ledge and is fairly manageable. A precarious move or two more and you can reach a rest below a shallow roof. Pop over the roof and finish on the ledge above. Build an anchor and walk off, or continue up Glass Ocean or Sail Away for a nice rope stretcher.


Found at the base of the Glass Ocean, this line is the obvious, aid sized crack to the right of Left Tributary.


A set of micro nuts and a selection of cams. Besides micro nuts, I used a .1 micro cam, a .5, and a .75 bd camalot. Bring a cordelette or some slings if you plan to do this as a single pitch. You stop on the ledge and build an anchor in a crack system.

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