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High Plains Drifter 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
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Submitted By: Scott W on Feb 20, 2008

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P1, gently overhanging for 100 feet. Beauty of a p...


One 100 foot 11a splitter steep hand crack, a second pitch of the same steepness but off fingerish followed by a hard boulder move to the arete to finish it off 11c.


Just to the right of the last pitches of Angel's Crest...amazing 2 pitches.

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Top of second pitch of High Plains Drifter.
Top of second pitch of High Plains Drifter.
David Trippett cruising p1.
David Trippett cruising p1.
Ty Johnson on P1 of HPD.
Ty Johnson on P1 of HPD.

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By David Trippett
From: Squamish, BC
Mar 9, 2008
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Borderline>Angels Crest>High Plains makes for a great day out.
By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Mar 10, 2008

That sounds like really tiring day! I would like to try Borderline to Angel's Crest, and Angel's Crest to High Plains Drifter separately first.

Any additional comments on the gear required?
By David Trippett
From: Squamish, BC
Mar 13, 2008
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

For Borderline> Angels Crest > High Plains

doubles from .5 to #2 camalot,a single of #3 and #4, double green and yellow aliens, one blue alien(or whatever if you don't like aliens) and some medium and small stoppers. 8 runners. lots of water. most will need an an early start

Borderline is technical and can be slow climbing. Bolts on the face pitches and a bolted chimney. The .11c crux takes small nuts and cams. Watch for drag on the last pitch.

from the end of Borderline either solo or simul the Crest to the base of High Plains. Pitching this part out too much wastes time.

Save some gas for High Plains. It's physical. Take some extra hand and fist gear for this if you don't like running it out a bit or you can walk the #3. You'll likely want to tape up for this first pitch, there's no stopper move and a competent 5.10 jammer shouldn't have too much trouble. It'd get 10c/d in the Valley. Save some small cams for the top of High Plains P2. Exposed! Awesome finish!

Worth repeating: plenty of water/snacks, tape for high plains
By Monica Jones
From: Manitou Springs, CO
Jul 27, 2010

We just did this link up a couple of days ago and it was pretty sweet. We simuled all the middle stuff between Borderline and High Plains Drifter. My boyfriend led Borderline and I followed it, definitly wishing I'd taped up as I'm a smaller girl and had my whole arm in there. Definitly a long day!
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