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Wild Will's Arete 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Jerry, Sigrid, Lynnea and William Anderson, Aug 1994
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Submitted By: Tom Helvie on Jul 21, 2006

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Justin after the run out section


A bit of face climbing leads up to the arete. Follow the arete up past an intermediate anchor, a corner and finally up the exposed upper arete. Long and fun. Can be done in two pitches or rappel in two rappels if you don't have a 70m rope.


11 quickdraws to anchor

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Rock Climbing Photo: The start of Wild Will's Arete (5.8), Clark Canyon
The start of Wild Will's Arete (5.8), Clark Canyon
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By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Mar 20, 2010

Hmmm... not sure what Tom's talking about, with the 2 rappels and 70m rope. Yes, the route is long, but one rope is sufficient. We've done "Wild Will's Arete on numerous occasions and a 60m rope, although a stretch, will do the job. Also, the route can be descended with one rope in one rappel.
By C Miller
From: CA
Sep 29, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Lots of variety on this one with pockets down low to a fun stemming corner and then the finale up an exposed but featured arete. A classic and a must do route for the area.

We had about 15' left after lowering with a 70 meter rope.
By maggie-girl Wenski
May 9, 2012

If you lower from the top anchor with a 60m, stay right and un-clip any draws that make the rope jog.
By Zirkel
From: Bishop, CA
May 12, 2012

What a long, super-fun, stimulating and exposed route! A must-do!
By 213blc
Sep 9, 2014

Do yourself a favor and climb this super fun route as the sun is low in the western sky for a classic solar illumination experience!
By Josh Cameron
From: California in my Mind
Jan 30, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Exciting and fun near the top! Will make you feel like a rock star.
By Adam T.
From: San Diego, CA
Mar 2, 2015

I lowered off this route with a 60m rope. Cleaning all the gear I was able to easily make it from the very top down with at least 10 feet of rope left over.

Also, awesome climb! If you don't finish to the top you are really missing out on the best part and the nicely exposed arete.
By Marissaj19 Johnson
Jun 15, 2017

Just wanted to add that we climbed this on a 60m rope no problem. If the belayer just belays closer to Digit Delight 5.9 next door you can lower the climber to the ground with a bit of rope to spare. 70m rope would be preferable as you could stand farther away from the rock and you're better able to see your climber.

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