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At the 5.7 crux on the last pitch of Yellow Ridge....
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By Matt Westlake
Oct 26, 2009
Interesting - Unlike this leader who went left low on the arete, I took a line that followed the chalked holds to the right in this picture and then did a slightly scary ~10 foot traverse over to where the climber is. Anyone who might have done it both ways have a favorite or comment on how the lines differ?
By adrenalated
From: Denver, CO
Oct 27, 2009
I did it the way you describe, Matt. This is definitely NOT the best way, much better to traverse low, although it looks more improbable at first.
By doligo
Jun 21, 2010
I went up the way Matt describes, but didn't like the gear (though moves looked easy) - definitely not a good way for your second, so I climbed down and traversed lower. The new Nears Guide rates this pitch at 5.6.
By Andy Weinmann
From: Alexandria, VA
Apr 9, 2012
I did it the way Matt describes this...going straight up to the small overhang and then traversing left to the arete. Got gear down low and then the only gear I could get was a 00 Master Cam (marginal-ish) just below the roof. From there it's a thin hand traverse with smearing feet. The hands are definitely a full-pad, but you wanna move quickly and get to the arete. If I hadn't found that placement, I would've downclimbed and gone another way. I'd say the variation makes the pitch about 5.7(PG?), but you better have a small cam. It's not addressed in the grey Williams guide.
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At the 5.7 crux on the last pitch of Yellow Ridge. Yes, there's an easy line past the overhangs!

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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Feb 21, 2006
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Yellow Ridge (5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b )
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