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AMS 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
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Submitted By: Josh Smith on Aug 28, 2011

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Showing just how steep the upper headwall is. Wild...

Description 

Named AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) because a hard-core sport climber claimed he got nose bleeds and headaches from being two pitches up. You can avoid AMS by doing it in a single pitch and either runnering the mid-way anchor with a long sling or by clipping the first bolt on the headwall and then unclipping the anchor. Fun jug haul on steep rock. The first half to the mid-way anchor is mungy 5.8, but it's worth it for the fun climbing above.


Location 

The second route from the left side of the headwall. Shares an anchor with Poligrip.


Protection 

Bolts. About 11, depending on if you clip and what you skip (possible to skip on lower section and mid-way anchor).



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All the routes on the headwall. If you're going to tick all three, it's worth staging at the mid-way anchor, otherwise take some long runners and do each in a single pitch. It works well to clip the first bolt on the headwall and then unclip the anchor (consider taking lockers).
BETA PHOTO: All the routes on the headwall. If you're going to...
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By George Perkins
From: Los Alamos, NM
Aug 29, 2011
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Other than Pogue's Arete, this is the most overhanging 5.11 I've climbed in NM.