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Hippie Vest 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 190'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Michael Kimm, Summer 2011
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Michael Kimm on May 17, 2012
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Pitch 1: Climb the boltline under and on the right side of the small tower on the left side of the slab. Make a thin move off the highest point of the tower (crux) and then follow the seams straight up to an anchor. 5.9.
Pitch 2: Follow the line straight up through mellow slab climbing with good varnish holds to a thin crux right below a large sloping ledge. Take the easier terrain to the anchor. 5.8


Rappel the route with one 60m rope.


Bolts to chains.

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By Eric-D
From: Las Vegas, nv
Jun 28, 2012

Everything about the tower scares the crap out of me. I swear I could feel it move under my feet. The climbing is not hard but I could not get comfortable until i was above the tower. Glad I wasn't the one standing under it to belay.

By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Apr 20, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

I've done this route twice now and probably won't repeat it again. while the last 30 feet or so are good, the first 40 are scary and nerve racking.

if you're going to get on this, be solid at 5.10, as getting to the bolt above the tower is pretty hard and the fall consequences are high.

I also agree on the tower. I'll be curious to see how long that thing sticks around.

the second pitch is good, worth doing if you go up the first.

By Fan Z.
From: Washington, DC
Apr 7, 2014

Did only the first pitch on 4/2/14 and found the tower scary. More loose flakes higher up on pitch one.