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Whale Rider 

YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b [details]
FA: Shaun Roundy
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Shaun Roundy on Aug 11, 2012

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This is the route to get atop Dorsal Fin for top roping or walk off. Nothing tough except for dodging a tree or two and maybe high stepping a couple times.

At the top of the notch, climb left to access the top of the fin. Watch out for the shiny yellow stuff along a rock edge that must be some type of animal excrement.


Climb the first crack of the main notch 150' uphill on the east/down canyon side. 5' farther is an even bigger crack/ravine you could climb.

You can also access it from the west side where it's only 3rd class (but the hike up is steeper/looser).


No pro required, really, though some medium to large cams/hexes with long slings would fit here and there, and you could sling something at the top if you really felt like it.

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By Alex Peterson
From: Kamas, Utah
Aug 4, 2013
rating: 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b

Top of the arete is about 1-2 feet wide. It has lichen so it can be slippery and its a long fall either way. There is a also a large ledge below the arete that serves as belay point/anchor for middle routes. If you move all the way down the arete, you can reach the leftmost (first routes) on Dorsal Fin, but be-warned, the rock is still sketchy and dirty. I knocked loose a couple basketball pieces and there are still more there.

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