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Del Frente 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 260'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: P. Friedrich and W. Lion 2/80
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Submitted By: Paul S on May 15, 2009
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Del Frente climbs up the shaded face on the first ...

Description 

Two amazing long exposed pitches of sustained climbing on perfect rock to a spectacular summit pretty much sums up this climb. This was one of the better easy/moderate climbs that I've ever done.

P1: Start on the left hand side of the northeast face with some easier climbing. This eventually leads to a nice crack. After about 120' traverse right (#3 camalot for protection) to another crack which leads to a bolted anchor. This is nearly a full 60m pitch.

P2: Make a few tricky moves out right past a few bolts then continue to the top by climbing both sides of the arete with the occasional bolt. There is a nice bolted anchor just below the summit.

I believe you can make it down in 2 double rope raps down the route. When we climbed this, we were freezing and opted to rappel off the opposite side (in the sun) which was just 1 double rope rap to the ground, but the anchor was a consisted of old pitons rather than nice big bolts and you have to walk a steep slope back to your gear. I'd recommend doing several raps down the route.


Location 

Starts on the left end of the northeast face after a short easy scramble.


Protection 

Two sets of cams up to a #3 camalot with a set of nuts. 2 60m ropes.



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Juan Carlos following the first pitch of Del Frente
Juan Carlos following the first pitch of Del Frent...
Juan leading the initial traverse on the second pitch of Del Frente
Juan leading the initial traverse on the second pi...
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By Ryan Huetter
From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Oct 14, 2010

You can rap the face with a single 60m.