|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]|
|FA:||Gary Hicks and Sylvie Walker on May 4th, 1985|
|Submitted By:||Bill Lawry on Sep 6, 2008 with updates from Gary Lee Hicks|
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By Gary Lee Hicks
Jul 10, 2015
This was Sylvie's very first rock climb and she had only her tennis shoes to climb with! She had never belayed so I brought her to what I thought was going to be a pretty easy climb for her as I considered Gemstone too tough for a beginner.
As I led up past the "snout"... I had to clean a lot of material out of the crack. With no hangs I managed to push on through and set a belay. Sylvie followed in her tennies and only had to hang on the rope a couple of times ( and maybe a little hand over hand up the rope in a place or two ). She was a natural climber!!!
Not long after this she would follow me up The Happy Gnome and Aviary Ort ...
Eventually she and I did a "no hands" ascent of Grack Crack on Glacier Point Apron .
I had always just called this climb, "Sylvie in Her Tennies" and I have done it more than once. "Flail Out" will suffice.
By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Jul 10, 2015
|Gary, I like the story. It wouldn't take much of a nudge from you for this route to be renamed "Sylvie in Her Tennies." I doubt anyone would object.|