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Arch Enemy 

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

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 500', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Larry DeAngelo on Apr 6, 2006

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This route starts just to the left of where the Solar Slab route starts up from the terrace. There is a prominent corner that curves up and to the left, forming an arch. Climb up the slab, heading for a patch of varnish that is about twenty feet below and to the right of the bottom of the corner. Protection is available here. Go up and left to the corner and follow it to a bolted belay station. (5.8)

Pitch 2: Continue up the corner above, passing two protection bolts, until you can tunnel up underneath the arch (5.9). Belay on a good ledge that is halfway up the second pitch of Solar Slab.

Pitch 3: Climb up and right about twenty feet to reach the bottom of a clean finger crack. Follow this straight up (5.9) for a long pitch to the belay station at the top of Solar Slab's pitch 3. (The upper part of this pitch has been used as a variation to Solar Slab, sometimes unintentionally.)

From this point, you can continue to the top on Solar Slab, or rappel using bolted rap stations.


standard rack, maybe a few extras in the finger-size range for the upper crack

Photos of Arch Enemy Slideshow Add Photo
The view down the corner on pitch 1 of Arch Enemy.
The view down the corner on pitch 1 of Arch Enemy.
Inside the tunnel - Arch Enemy
Inside the tunnel - Arch Enemy
Looking down at the first belay of Arch Enemy from...
Looking down at the first belay of Arch Enemy from...
Starting the tunnel on pitch 2 of Arch Enemy.
Starting the tunnel on pitch 2 of Arch Enemy.
Brett on p1 of Arch Enemy
Brett on p1 of Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy Pitch 3 finger crack. You need to do it...
Arch Enemy Pitch 3 finger crack. You need to do it...

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By Jason D. Martin
Apr 7, 2006
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Maybe I'm just a wimp, but I'd have to say that the second pitch of this is a solid 10a, maybe even 10b. It's certainly harder than other 5.9s I've done on the Solar Slab Wall.

By Larry DeAngelo
From: Las Vegas, NV
Apr 23, 2006

Naw-- the other 5.9s are probably soft...
By ChugachMan
Apr 3, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

As of the beginning of April be careful at the topout of the short chimney section. Someone dropped a poo right on the middle of the ledge (and placed a rock over it) that I was very lucky not to stick my hand in or step in.
By Jason D. Martin
Dec 15, 2007
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I just climbed this line again today and I think I'm going to stick with my 10a rating. It's definitely harder than Sunflower, Sundog, or Bhuela's Book...

Just below the bolts on the right hand side there is a double crack system. The upper of the two crack systems (the one further from the wall) harbors the smaller of the two cracks. This is a very inviting crack for #1 Camalots or the equivalent. Be aware that the flake that makes up this crack is loose. This piece of rock moved when I leaned against it. The rock probably weighs well over a thousand pounds, so be careful!

By Stephen Becker
Oct 22, 2010

I think the route is great. The finger crack on the third pitch was just amazing. The tunneling was, ummm, interesting. But 10a? More like really awkward 5.8.
By smassey
From: CO
Mar 14, 2011

On 13 March, the LVCLC with support from the ASCA replaced the two horribly rusted pro bolts on pitch 2, and one of the anchor bolts on the pitch 1 anchor. The other is a decent looking 5-piece. The bolts are 3/8x2.25 SS, and the anchor was equipped with links and rings. The unsightly wad of tat was removed.
By Tim Wolfe
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 13, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Very nice option on the upper tier. Pretty standard 5.9 arm bars with foot smearing, then standard chimney. The third pitch finger crack is spectacular and should not be missed - has a couple short 5.9ish sections as well.
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Mar 30, 2014

Fun route, finger crack 3rd pitch lived up to the hype, so fun. Thought getting to the second bolt on p2 was a little exciting, moving up the sandy, hollow pillar thing, but reasonable. Chimney part was a hoot.
By Joe Cayer
From: Mesa, Az
Oct 12, 2014

Can the rap from the top of Arch Enemy be done with one rope? It's been awhile since I've been up there and I don't remember...
By smassey
From: CO
Oct 16, 2014

^^^Joe, the raps can be done with a single 60m, but the one from the top of the first pitch of Solar Slab will leave you at the top of the no-pro 5.4 section. If you're not comfy down-soloing a few slab moves, a 70m will take you down into 3rd class terrain where it's not too bad to scramble down.
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