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Espresso 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Michael Steele
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Submitted By: Larry S on Jul 18, 2012

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  • Description 

    I haven't managed to complete this route yet, I'll update this when I have. Here's what i know so far:

    P1 - Move up the bottom of the practice face to the ledge by whatever means you want. Set up a belay halfway between Drifting Arrow and High Falls.

    P2. Head straight up, aiming for a weakness in the roof above. There are a series of scary stacked blocks that you pull either directly over, or around on the right. If you step left you will gain a long ledge. At this point, I went left and up to the high falls belay. However, the proper move is to head right to a finger crack and follow it straight to the end of the roof traverse of High Falls. There is currently a small birch tree/bush growing out of the bottom of this crack. Semi-hanging belay at the end of the finger crack and right edge of the High Falls roof.

    P3 - Finish High Falls or do the Drifting Arrow Linkup.

    Location 

    Right between High Falls and Drifting Arrow.

    Protection 

    PG maybe PG-13. Not as well protected as High Falls. The stacked blocks are pretty scary to place gear in/behind. Looks like a few extra small cams would be handy for the finger crack.


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