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Tying the Knot 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Michael Fraizer on Nov 22, 2014

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BETA PHOTO: Follow the wide crack straight to the top.


Follow the shoulder-deep fist-to-thin hands crack to the narrow ledge 8 feet below the top of the rock. Traverse a step left to pull a few finger jams to the top.


The route runs up a free-standing pillar of rock. The easiest approach from the end of the trail is to scramble down into the slots among the rocks and exit right (northeast) from the slot that separates the pillar from the rest of the rocky outcropping. Follow the wall left to find this north-facing wall (it's in the shade all day).

Descent: scramble off the south side of the pillar into the approach route.


Standard rack of cams and stoppers. While the crack is fist-sized for more than half the route, there are plenty of fissures to the right of the crack to slot stoppers or small cams.

It is also possible to scramble to the top of the pillar from the trail side (south) to build a TR anchor, if that's your flavor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mark seconding the route.
Mark seconding the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Classy butt shot of my lead in a webbing harness.
Classy butt shot of my lead in a webbing harness.

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By Michael Fraizer
Nov 22, 2014

I proposed to my wife at the top before climbing it and then led it in a harness tied from 1" webbing (forgot my harness at the cabin) - hence the name.
By Aaron Parlier
From: Boone, NC
Nov 23, 2014

Awesome stuff Michael!

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