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Arrowroot 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 115'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: P. Croft, R. Suddaby, T. Knight
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Submitted By: Peter Spindloe on Aug 13, 2007

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Arrowroot: The belay is off to the left of the bus...

Description 

This is a great climb among the great climbs along the base of the Chief. This ones starts easier than some, but it turns into a classic fingers and tight hands crack. At the little roof the crack becomes a lot more consistent and tougher, but the locks are great, considerably better than Seasoned in the Sun.

Location 

This climb is at the far right side of the Chief Base, just about below the Dihedrals area. The area is fairly distinct for being in a pleasant hollow with only one other route nearby (Rutabega). This climb crosses the one-foot overlap at its apex.

Protection 

This climb will take plenty of medium to large stoppers as well as doubles or triples of the finger and tight hand sized cams. The largest piece you could place would be a #1 camalot at the overlap, but there are many alternatives. There is one very old bolt near the top and then a good two bolt anchor with chains.

NOTE: with a 70m rope you can get down, but you have to be careful to take advantage of the base sloping up to the left and rope stretch. With anything shorter, you'll need to use two ropes to get down. Alternatively, the leader can top belay (on a very nice ledge) and the second can bring up the second rope.

If you're SUPER careful, you can rap with a single 60m rope if you land to the left, where the ground slopes upward. Use knots!


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Andy Hall on Arrowroot
Andy Hall on Arrowroot
Great finger locks on Arrowroot.  Photo of Jasmin Caton by Matthew Buckle, used with permission.
Great finger locks on Arrowroot. Photo of Jasmin ...
Collin on the right side of the crack.
Collin on the right side of the crack.
Collin on the good stuff.  Using the left side of the crack.
Collin on the good stuff. Using the left side of ...

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By Dave E.
From: washington
Nov 16, 2007

i thought this was harder than seasoned in the sun for sure, maybe it depends on hand size?
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 30, 2008
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Fun, but too bad it's not all like the top 1/3rd.
By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Jul 30, 2009
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Good, but painful on the feet. Business is #0.5 to #1 camalots.
By jaredvg
From: Bellingham, WA
Oct 13, 2009

A new(er) set of chains 15 feet right of the crack at 15 to 20 meters up the wall allows escape from this climb with a single 60 meter rope in 2 rappels. To do this, belay from the top anchor, and both climbers will have to make 2 raps. A single 60 meter rope will not even come close to reaching the ground.
By claramie
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 29, 2011

Absolutely Amazing! Such a great splitter fingers / off fingers line. We did the whole thing with a single 70m rope in one pitch. You just barely get back to the ground but it does make it with a couple of feet to spare.
By Mark Roberts
From: Vancouver, BC
Sep 9, 2012
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Rattly fingers! I was sorry I used my .5 and .4 to protect early on, use bigger gear for that section. The business starts as small as blue metolius and widens to .5 C4. Take doubles in that range, some nuts and singles up to a #2, though I placed a #3 mid-route when I clued in to save some finger-sized gear. Pumpy at the top!

Three rocks dropped while we were in the area, wear a helmet.
By Matt Hoffmann
From: Squamish
Sep 26, 2012
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Fun pitch. The only hard part is pretty short (finger crack) but, the pro is super solid. Just go for it.