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Vanishing Act 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 500', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Maurice Horn, Joanne Urioste, Bill Hotz, Andrew Carson Jan. 17, 2009
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Andrew Carson on Sep 10, 2009

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Cassondra in the chimney on P2. 20100213.

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


Near the right side of the Disappearing Buttress south face are two attractive dihedrals. The route climbs the left one.
Start from broken ledges below the two dihedrals. Climb an easy and slightly brushy pitch up to the ledge at the base of the corners. 100'.
Climb a corner just left of the main leftmost dihedral for about 40', then step right into the dihedral as it widens into a chimney. Layback/chimney up the corner to the roof blocking progress and undercling/stem left to pass the roof. Continue up easier ground, going right to a belay at a big pine with a nice ledge on the crest of the buttress. 190'. A varied, beautiful pitch.
Climb the steep white face above the ledge, then continue up the varnished face. Above this black face, follow a finger crack in the white slab to the steepening headwall. Surmount a bulge at the base of the headwall and follow cracks leading to the left edge of the buttress and the top. The route finishes at the same point as does Prime Rib. 190'. An exciting pitch.
Some fragile rock can be expected, especially on the last pitch. The second and third pitch, both long, can be broken up if parties so choose. For purposes of avoiding rope drag, this strategy might be advantageous.


Descent: scramble left and up to gain the ramp leading over to the canyon and descend easily to the base.


A standard rack to 4".

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the crack in the slab of pitch 3.
Looking down the crack in the slab of pitch 3.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up pitch 2.
Looking up pitch 2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Larry & Cassondra following on P1.  20100213.
Larry & Cassondra following on P1. 20100213.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bill Hotz arriving on top.
Bill Hotz arriving on top.

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By sqwirll
From: Las Vegas
Dec 5, 2010

We had a couple big holds snap off on us. I wouldn't pass up protection opportunities until it gets climbed more. Also, the crack on the face looked like a better option than going into the chimney.
By Ben Townsend
Apr 17, 2015

Really nice climb; only the worrisome rock quality keeps it from being a four-star classic. On the second pitch, it seemed logical to follow the arete and hand crack on the left, instead of going into the chimney -- done this way, it didn't seem any harder than 5.8. Two #3 Camalots were nice for the hand crack. In retrospect, we should have broken the second pitch into two, belaying at the good ledge at about 100'. The third pitch is spectacular and airy.

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