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Great Escape 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Doug Drumheller, Doug Teague, 1987
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Submitted By: Anthony Stout on Sep 21, 2006

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Mark pulling through the crux of The Great Escape.

Description 

This route ends at the same area used to rappel into the Yucca Flower Tower. This is also the best variation to link with Yucca Flower Tower as an exit. It can also be top-roped. The route begins in the corner following the rappel. Follow the right facing corner to a small roof, head slight left and over the roof, and follow the beautiful finger crack. Head up, traversing right (5.10c crux), then up into the corner through the finger crack to another small roof (5.10b). When the crack runs out, work slightly left to another crack and then to the summit.

You can also step left at where the crack veers right, and head up through the dihedral and to the summit for a 5.9 finish.


Location 

To find the route, see directions for getting to Yucca Flower Tower.


Protection 

Could easily get by with a single set of Camalots to #2 and a set of Nuts.



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Carolyn Parker on the Great Escape
Carolyn Parker on the Great Escape
Will Vining nears the crux of The Great Escape.
Will Vining nears the crux of The Great Escape.
Kevin heading up the 5.9 variation of The Great Escape.
Kevin heading up the 5.9 variation of The Great Es...
Photo-topo of the Great Escape.
BETA PHOTO: Photo-topo of the Great Escape.
Loren Young on Great Escape 1998
Loren Young on Great Escape 1998
Dr. Dave tops out The Great Escape on a sketchy wet morning ascent.
Dr. Dave tops out The Great Escape on a sketchy we...
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By John Kear
From: Albuquerque, NM
Dec 1, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Combined with the Yucca Flower Tower route, The Great Escape makes for one of the best outings of this grade and length in the Sandias. Pretty much perfect stone.

By Jarred Cleerdin
Jun 8, 2010

The thin holds and good balance over this well protected crux makes for some good fun.