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Great Race 

YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

   
Type:  Sport, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: mark Geikenjoyner, Derek Weiss
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Submitted By: markguycan on Apr 16, 2006

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David just before the roof.
David just before the roof.
David up high on The Great Race.
David up high on The Great Race.
David Bloom about half-way up this classic Iso arete.
David Bloom about half-way up this classic Iso are...
Great Race
Great Race
Jess getting psyched for the last push.
Jess getting psyched for the last push.
Jess stepping upwards!
Jess stepping upwards!
Just about to clip the 4th bolt.  We decided to climb the first section without any pro in order to negate some pretty heavy rope drag at the top.  It's easy climbing so just have a spotter at the bottom.  The belay ledge is fantastic!
Just about to clip the 4th bolt. We decided to cl...
getting to the fun
getting to the fun
VIew of the bolts clipped and the rope running.  There isn't a ton of drag, but as you step out onto the arrete above the 5th bolt, you need at least a 24" runner to let the rope smoothly run along the main face.  Quick draws will not provide the reach you need to do this.
BETA PHOTO: VIew of the bolts clipped and the rope running. T...

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By Tavis Ricksecker
From: Bishop, ca
Jul 25, 2007

Tricky down low, spicy up top! Sure to make you think.
By Mike
From: Phoenix
Jul 13, 2009
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

This is one of my favorite routes at Iso. Slighty runout to the first bolt on easier terrain (can be protected with a medium cam), and a wee bit spicy near the top for a sport climb, but it certainly protects well enough. Super fun moves & heaps of exposure.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix, AZ
Apr 26, 2010
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

If the runout between pulling the main roof and the high bolt before the face to the anchor gets to you, a small nut will protect ... tried a 00 and it won't work and I was glad not to fall!
By RyanJames
Apr 23, 2012

A very enjoyable climb!
By K-Tanz
From: Phoenix, AZ
May 12, 2014
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

One of the better sport climbs I have been on out here! Bringing a cam for the moves from the arete to the upper face is really not necessary. I found it completely safe and well protected. A classic for the area!