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Window on the West 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Andy Weinmann & Kelly Baumgartner - AUG 2015
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Andy Weinmann on Feb 10, 2016

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First Known Ascent (grainy photo)


Surprisingly good route we found inside the Great Chimney on the right wall. Note the Location section for different ways to get to this area.

Climb Great Chimney past the two trees in the dirt slope to a two-bolt ring anchor on the right wall, at a stance just below a double-forked tree. Climb past the trees (between or on the wall-side to help with drag) and move up the dirt slope to a small ledge on the right wall, below an obvious clean left-facing corner about 20' up with a crack in the back. Make a few nice committing moves up the face to gain the corner. Pull up into the overhanging crack. Follow the crack until you can traverse right across a nice horizontal crack and get into another large crack. Follow this to the top and a two-bolt ring anchor at the "window" looking west towards town.

After the overhang it backs off to 5.6/7 climbing.

Considering a "first known ascent" as we found no evidence of previous ascents. However, given it's proximity to Great Chimney, Craving for Pink/Hidden Gem and Gephardt-Dufty it's surprising that it was not previously entered.

Combined with the anchors atop Hidden Gem/Craving for Pink (which need to be replaced), the anchors we installed provide a good descent route for Gephardt-Dufty.


Two ways to get there: Climb Great Chimney as mentioned above (can be a scary, run-out, leaf-filled undertaking...don't take it lightly) OR climb Gephardt-Dufty to the top of the 3rd pitch. Just before the final pitch headwall, look left and down to find the huge block with a two-bolt ring anchor (fairly large pine tree nearby that leans over the Great Chimney). Rap down from this point and you'll be at the base.

You could also top out Gephardt-Dufty, rap from the anchors atop Hidden Gem/Craving for Pink and then end up at the two-bolt anchor on a block.


Standard trad rack. A purple master cam size piece (green C3 size) is helpful for the first piece or two. A #4 cam is nice to have up top in the wider section but not required.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Routes and locations of two-bolt anchors on the in...
BETA PHOTO: Routes and locations of two-bolt anchors on the in...
Rock Climbing Photo: Window route stays left of the rope.
Window route stays left of the rope.

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By K Baumgartner
Feb 23, 2016
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Nice line that grabs your attention off the ground to gain the first ledge. The rest is pure fun.

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