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Willow World 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c R [details]
FA: M. Brooks, 1982
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Submitted By: Tony B on Dec 6, 2004

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    To find this pile, continue past the Cirque of the Cracks, passing 'The Formula' (a short, steep dihedral with a fixed pin and wire) and continuing for ~ 8 meters uphill (west) to a few parallel cracks in a shallow inset.

    Climb these parallels in the awkward inset until they converge on a sloping ledge 8-10 meters up. Mount the ledge and step just right to a sloping arete with bad gear and loose rock. This is the insecure crux, then continue up a 2" and smaller crack to the top. A tree to the West has a recently replaced fixed rap, but it is only 1 pc of webbing and a ring- solid FOR NOW.

    Rap to the West, just over the route Rhadamanthus.


    A standard rack and some small nuts. The insecure crux is not well protected. Large loose flakes are present at the same place.

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    By Dave Holliday
    Dec 7, 2014

    I've done worse routes in Eldo. The route looks pretty good from the ground, but much of the rock is hollow; I suspect some gear might hold a fall, but I wouldn't want to test it.

    There aren't any slings on trees at the top. It's pretty trivial to scramble and then walk towards the base of Xanadu to descend.

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