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Gunsight to South Peak 

YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III British: VD 3a

   
Type: Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV British: VD 3c [details]
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Matt Brainard climbing Gunsight to South Peak

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Description 

Classic. From Gunsight Notch, head up the arete towards the South Peak, moving onto airy but easy ground on the west face. Belay after gaining the summit ridge. The second "pitch" is the summit ridge to the summit block.


Location 

Start at the Gunsight Notch. You can climb Banana and Debbie, scramble up ledges on the west side, or take the trail up the east side to Upper Broadway and scramble a short 5.0 to gain the notch. To descend use the standard South Peak rappel routes.


Protection 

Standard Seneca rack, eats passive pro.



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P4 traverse
P4 traverse
Traversing the summit ridge on Gunsight to South Peak
Traversing the summit ridge on Gunsight to South P...
lovely traverse
lovely traverse
Traversing in a different season.
Traversing in a different season.
Following the first pitch (view from belay - note, gotta set up your own anchors)
Following the first pitch (view from belay - note,...
Midway up the first pitch.
Midway up the first pitch.
About to start on the traverse.
About to start on the traverse.
P1, Gunsight to South Peak
BETA PHOTO: P1, Gunsight to South Peak
Looking up at Gunsight to South Peak from the top of Debbie
Looking up at Gunsight to South Peak from the top ...
View from the top of Debbie.
View from the top of Debbie.
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By Jonathan Dull
From: NC High County
Nov 14, 2012

Super classic climb with great exposure and good pro. You'll encounter a real old pin with red cord about 20ft from the summit, most build belay here in fractured blocks which seem pretty solid. Steep, classic, fun and easy!

By John Ely
From: DC
Nov 20, 2012

This has got to be one of the best 5.3s on the east coast, if not in North America as a whole.