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Welcome to Emerald City 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 350'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Drew Dekle, Shannon Stegg, Janet Merren
New Route: Yes
Season: all
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Submitted By: Drew Dekle on Dec 3, 2012

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By Drew Dekle
Dec 3, 2012

This is a stellar 2-pitch route that starts on a small ramp atop some boulders 50' right of campfire girls - a standard NC trad rack (with double tcus including a 00) should be fine.
Pitch one is 5.9 and super fun. Pitch two is mostly easy and super fun climbing. There is one 5.10a move off belay and a 5.10c exit move at the top. Find ring anchors up another 30' - rap the route. Hope you enjoy this "Welcome" to Big Green - one of the most doable routes on the mountain.
By Drew Dekle
Feb 5, 2013

This is a stellar 2-pitch route that starts on a small ramp atop some boulders 50' right of campfire girls - a standard NC trad rack (with double tcus including a 00) should be fine.
Pitch one is 5.9 and super fun. Pitch two is mostly easy and super fun climbing. There is one 5.10a move off belay and a 5.10c exit move at the top. Find ring anchors up another 30' - rap the route. Hope you enjoy this "Welcome" to Big Green - one of the most doable routes on the mountain.
By nbrown
From: western NC
Aug 27, 2013

We did this route a few days ago and thought it was really fun. Mostly moderate terrain with a couple of crux moves on P-2. Cool features the whole way! We were a bit confused with finding several old bolts along the route though (both pitches), just curious - what's the story with that?
By Drew Dekle
May 28, 2014

there was an old bolt on the first pitch with a bail sling - ancient tat. I climbed the pitch further using RBs - when I got to the obvious belay ledge, there were no bolts. I looked at the next move which I think is at least .10a and came to the conclusion (with Shannon) that the route hadn't been done. I was really surprised to find a bolt high on the second pitch. The route may have been done to there and then climbed out right to easier terrain. I'm sure the crux finish wasn't done free solo - it would be a death route. I just don't know Nathan - if someone wants me to go chop what I did, I will. I think the route is very true to the area traditions - there are 4 bolts on pitch one plus gear and about 5 on pitch two - plus natural gear - I placed everything on lead from a stance and feel that it was in reasonably bold style but so that someone who climbs at that grade could tackle the route with only moderate fear at times. Your suggestions are appreciated. For what it's worth, I climbed it with Jeep Gaskin and he thinks about the same thing I do (he really liked it as is).
By nbrown
From: western NC
May 28, 2014

Hey Drew, I think the routes is good just as it is. Was just wondering if there was a story behind the old hardware. And I agree, that move off the belay is definitely tricky, as is the 2nd pitch crux near the top (can't imagine that move without any pro).