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variation to Mail Ridge 

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

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Woodruff and Brad Gilbert, 1974
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Nov 24, 2001

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    Wow! What a great, little, hidden gem. Just right of Hyperspace Roundup and left of Mail Ridge's 1st pitch is a great little 110' pitch connecting 3 cracks successively left of the last. 3 cruxes (somewhat strenuous) at 10b/c, 8+, 8+. Little alcove protected from some wind at the base. Goes up directly to a tree with slings and a ring. No star in either Rossiter guide, but it's a diamond in the rough.

    FWIW, it felt much easier than Super Slab, Art's Spar, Tagger, Krystal Klyr, for comparison purposes.


    Standard Eldo rack.

    Photos of variation to Mail Ridge Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: At what we found to be the second crux.  It eases ...
    At what we found to be the second crux. It eases ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Placing gear for the first crux.
    Placing gear for the first crux.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Lenny protecting the crux.
    Lenny protecting the crux.

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    By Ivan Rezucha
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Feb 16, 2003

    This IS very nice. It should have a name. How about Special Delivery, keeping the mail theme?

    I thought it was quite hard. I stopped halfway through the overhang with my hand on the bucket and tried to place a cam. I ended up lowering to the ground 4 times getting the gear in.

    You can rap after the hard stuff from 2 bolts on the left, but the steep corner above is very nice. I was very tired by then, so it felt hard, but 8+ might be right as Leo says. Above that is easier for a while to a fun bulge. We angled left from there through the red band, past trees to finish on Lightning Crack.
    By S. Kimball
    Feb 19, 2003

    How about calling it "Going Postal"...obviously they lost their marbles labeling it 5.10b/c. Ivan, I got licked on this one too! Stamp it 5.10+ then send it....
    By david goldstein
    May 13, 2006

    One move wonder. Did this immed. after HC Direct and before Zip Code and found both those routes superior.
    By Shane Zentner
    From: Colorado
    Dec 11, 2008

    This variation felt 5.10+++ in my opinion. I remember protecting the crux with a #0.5 Camalot and falling.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Dec 13, 2008
    rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

    I bet it has a name, and I bet Levine knows it, which is to say, I suspect that it will be in the next book. Steve???

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