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The Solution 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter and Pebby Johns, July 2006
New Route: Yes
Season: All
Page Views: 137
Submitted By: Richard Rossiter on Jul 22, 2006

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  • Description 

    Begin from the middle tree on the Ledge With 3 Trees (where Black Tiger begins). Climb straight up a crack (fingers and hands) to a narrow ramp that ascends to the left. Pull up on a jug and clip the first bolt. Continue straight up past 3 more bolts. The rock is super solid face/slab with amazing/delightful/necessary solution holes. The crux is perhaps midway along the bolts.


    This route ascends the left side of the beautiful face/slab of the Southwest Buttress about 25 feet left of Black Tiger.

    Note: a new trail leads to the bottom of the buttress and up along the south side to the top of the Southwest Buttress, though there is little need to go there now that proper anchors have been installed. From the point where the new trail meets the bottom of the buttress, scramble left and up maybe 25 feet to the ledge with 3 trees. All the routes but Jaguar begin from this ledge.


    Gear from 1 inch to 2 inches. QDs for gear, 4 bolts and a 2 bolt anchor with rings. Lower off 80 feet to the Ledge With 3 Trees. A short, easy down climb takes you back to the approach trail.

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    By Ivan Rezucha
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Sep 24, 2006

    Didn't enjoy this much. Not as clean as The Resistance. There's a death flake below that it feels like you could hit, or worse, straddle. There's the big flake behind you that you can palm or stem to at any point, which I did the first time up, and so this route felt contrived. Did it twice and both times I had to lunge the last move to the jug.
    By Dan Hildebrand
    Sep 30, 2006

    Potential fall onto the "death flake" made this route kinda scary. But I did enjoy the face/slab climbing on pockets above it.
    By Nick Wilder
    Site Landlord
    From: The Bubble
    Apr 24, 2016

    I found it reasonable to climb above and to the right of the potato chip without much risk of falling in (as long as the belayer is attentive). Still, it freaked me out a bit!

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