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If you've been breezing through the Arete Tour with nary a second thought, there's hope for you yet. The Defcon arete may be though of as 'Crash Position Direct', a marriage of that route and the highly contemplative Mean Cuisine to it's right.
Boulder up a bit left of the Mean Cuisine start, mincing about on pebbles and edges in the direction of a pair of stingy-looking seams near the arete. Load these up and continue on to an exposed, right-facing corner near the top and a pair of ringbolts.
By Stone Brew
From: Chattanooga, TN
Jan 2, 2009
Slab aretes are generally evil, but this one protects better than it looks, however the belayer needs to stay on target. There is a bolt, but it helps little and kind of throws the line off.
By Jeff Mekolites
From: HOTlanta, GA
Jan 25, 2009
Agree about the bolt...would be better a touch higher and right. Also, this was covered in lichen.