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West Ridge - part B - Long John to Verschneidung
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YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Ivan Rezucha on Feb 16, 2003
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On the P1 crux. Lenny Miller belaying.
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A nice route with two good pitches. Start directly below the belay tree of Verschneidung at a wide crack. This is maybe 20 feet left of the upper Verschneidung dihedral. Up the wide crack using various holds (no offwidth required) to an easy low angle area. Aim straight up for a crease at the left edge of an overhanging headwall. Get gear at the base of the crease -- cam straight up, small wire in the crease -- and move left onto the steep wall. Get a cam above in an undercling. You can escape further left for a rest, but if you can, continue straight up on good face holds--it gets easy quickly. Continue to the belay tree. This pitch felt contrived, since at the crux headwall you can go just a few feet left to easier climbing.

Pitch 2 climbs a bit right of the tree with decent gear to the base of an overhanging buttress. Move left, then up a crack with good gear in the crack and out right (crux). Another easier but tricky bulge leads to a low angle slab and the Verschneidung rappel tree.

As of 2/16/03 the slings on this tree were crap. One ancient sling and one newer but partially cut. We traversed left on the east side of the ridge to the cable anchor that leads down to the bolts above Washington Irving.


Rated S in Rossiter, I felt this was G. Standard rack.

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On the P2 crux. Lenny Miller belaying.
On the P2 crux. Lenny Miller belaying.
Just below the pitch 2 crux.
Just below the pitch 2 crux.
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By Shane Z
From: Colorado
Feb 20, 2003

Clear-a-Sill is fun with an interesting crux. The crux appears to be a bulge with a nice crack that protects well. Pull over the bulge using the crack and climb to the top. Two rappels to the ground.

By Ben Mottinger
Founding Father
May 2, 2004

Gear Alert

There is a nice set of bolts for rapping at the top of this route now. A 60m will reach the bolts near the tree at the end of the first pitch.

By Clint Locks
From: Boulder
Sep 28, 2004
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

If you're using the Rossiter guidebook, the first pitch DEFINITELY merits an 's' rating. I don't really see a reason to do it, though. We top-roped it and it was OK, but not *great* fun. I'd start as for Vercheniediegdung...very-shy-dung...however you spell it...and just start Clear-a-Sill from the bolts by the tree (beg. of Verch's P2), making it, of course, a one-pitch climb. You can actually start 3 or 4 quality 8+s / 9s from there. Don't be an anchor hog, and have fun!

By Zach Allen
Jul 13, 2006

I didn't lead the first pitch, but my partner found good gear. We both thought that it didn't deserve the S rating, and was a fun pitch. But tastes differ, and your mileage may vary.

By tooTALLtim
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 2, 2008

My partner could've sewn this up more if he brought a Singer, but he felt ok without one. At least past the crux. And this was his second .9.

Fun moves above good gear with a clean fall at the crux (you get a #1 right at the crux bulge!).