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Crystal Line 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 6 pitches, 800', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Neil Gehrels 1996
Season: any but summer
Page Views: 347
Submitted By: Charles Vernon on Mar 25, 2012

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Description 

This is a wandering line up the middle of the SW face that has some good face climbing. I thought it worth doing once, but my partner liked it a little better. Easier than the routes to the right as a means of getting up this large face, but still pretty sustained at 5.8. Maybe a route to do if you like climbing Babo but are running out of doable routes.

Kerry's description is good, but someone has apparently retrobolted a few spots of the route--most notably the second pitch where there is a large area where a 40' by 30' section of rock appears to have calved off. This scar is tightly bolted over now, so even though the rock is very crumbly here, it should be safe.


Location 

Starts left of I'itoi Dance at the next protruding buttress. There is another buttress and corner further left that also seem to match Kerry's description. If you look hard you can spot the bolt near the top of P1 on the correct buttress.


Protection 

Fairly light standard rack as the route sports a couple dozen bolts.



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