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Touching the sky 

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

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: B Middleton, D. Kloke 2002
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Submitted By: Kemper Brightman on Sep 30, 2016

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Another fantastic sport route that deserves WAY more attention than it gets. Although less sustained than its neighbor, Freedom Fighter, Touching the Sky feels more exposed. This route can be broken into two pitches, or stitched into one 110' pitch for the full experience.

From the top of snag buttress, look for twin bolt lines leading up the slab. Touching the Sky takes the right bolt line, navigating gritty crimps up to a roof. Pull the roof on JUGS to reach the belay bolts above. From these bolts move directly left to the arete, making an airy step around to the left side. Cruise up the exposed arete and make a few tricky moves before reaching the three bolt anchor below the headwall. Three Raps get you back down to the ground.


12 bolts to bolted anchors. (book says pro to 1", but the climb never felt run-out without it)

A 60m rope successfully got us down to the top of snag buttress in one rap. Certainly tie knots if you plan on doing this...or use a 70!

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