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Blue Wind 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Jim Matthews/Mike Roy July 2009
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Submitted By: JimM on Nov 7, 2010

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Description 

Finger crack with some face climbing, 140 feet.

Location 

The route is the third crack to the west of Ed's Jam. Approach from the ramp to the west (class 3) or from the ground below Ed's Jam. You can rap the route with two ropes (140 to the ledge, 180 feet to the ground) or top out after the second reaches the anchor. Take care to avoid the rubble above if topping out. You can then rap with a single rope in the Bend West area or walk off in either direction.

Protection 

single set of nuts, double set of cams up to .75 camalot and 1 each #1, #2 camalot size. Two anchor bolts at top of route.


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By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Jul 27, 2015

Jim, I get really confused with the cracks, anchors, columns at Tieton. Is this the next crack right of Satori, 10b through roof? It has red slings on hangers. We did the one next right- Riptide? very sketchy gear at the bottom, with 10a moves and small roof pull on juggy hold near top, then small technical crack. anchor has cordellete.
By JimM
Aug 21, 2015

Yes, you are correct Geoff. Blue Wind is the crack immediately right (climbers right) of Satori, and you correctly described Riptide. The gear is a little tricky at the start of Riptide but you get a few good pieces before the crux. It probably is 10a. Other people have said that it feels more like 10a than the 5.9 grade I gave it.
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