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Watcher of the Skies 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Mike Strassman
Season: lo que sea
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Submitted By: Charles Vernon on Mar 25, 2012

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According to Mike Strassman's topo, this route was a "project." I assume he meant that in the sense that he intended to push the route up the wall to the top, however, there is no sign at all that the route continues on, leaving it as a (possibly somewhat anomalous) one pitch sport route on the great walls of Babo. It's fun slabbing to easier face climbing with good position for a one-pitch route, and something to do if you have some time to kill at camp or after doing one of the summit routes--or, perhaps you want to finish the job??

Anyone know anything about the corner to the left? Looks good, and there is an ancient bolt at the top.


See topo linked above. This is right of Cloud Man Got Angry at the very last possible place for a 5.9 route just before you get to a massive undercut/overhang known as the "South Side of the Sky." Look for a line of bolts heading up and right on a slab, just right of an overhanging right-facing corner.


All bolts--around a dozen, and an anchor set up up for lowering or rappel. A 70 meter or two ropes would be preferable for the rappel. We managed with a 60, but a mistake would have sent us rocketing into space above the South Side of the Sky.

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