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Air Express 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Taylor
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Jul 8, 2005

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BETA PHOTO: Air Express and Altered States w/o line


In between the obvious Cheap Thrills right-facer and Altered States thin crack/groove, is a bolted line that surmounts the roof. The romp up to the roof wasn't protected, but the roof is well protected, with a 1/4" buttonhead (lol). Above the roof, you might get some of those trad pieces to stick in the grooves, otherwise keep on moving on those rand smears. The crux did not seem as hard as 5.11d, as there were just enough edges to keep you from giving in to total despair. (The mark of a "despair" climb is usually 5.11d, IMHO).


5 bolts and a pin protect this with a two-bolt anchor midway, as well as at the top. The top one has slings still and will need chains (my next trip). Also you might be able to use a couple of small cams or medium nuts.

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By tenesmus
Sep 23, 2006

This is a really great TR. Leading it would be a pretty big deal. You can traverse in from the left and do it at .11a. I like how you're smearing for so many consecutive moves. A 70m rope barely reaches straight down from the anchors of Altered States.
By bheller
From: SL UT
Apr 25, 2010

This is a quaking, amazing lead! Basically a 5.8 solo at the start. Reach the roof 20 feet up, clip the 1st bolt, now climb the roof above at tricky 5.11. The crux lurks above the 2nd bolt...fall at the worst time, and you'll go a skidding, bouncing 30 feet. Looong runouts, two more bolts, and one final pin get you to the anchor. Its 125 from the base to the anchor, with 4 bolts and 1 pin. 125/5= pro about every 25 feet- yikes.
By Jim D
Oct 24, 2010

Great toprope for most mortals. A ballsy lead. Clean, but looooong falls possible.
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