|The Bastille - W Face
Let Them Eat Cake
|Type: ||Trad, 1 pitch, 80'|
|FA: ||Marc Gay and Brad Bond|
|New Route: ||Yes|
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|Submitted By: ||Brad Bond on Jun 14, 2003|
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"Let Them Eat Cake" follows the exposed flake system and arete on the steep, licheny wall between "West Chimney" and "Western Union," providing several technical and pumpy cruxes in tricky-to-protect situations. This route was established headpoint style, i.e. cleaned and susses on toprope, then led placing gear. It has seen a second ascent, but still awaits an onsight!
Start atop pitch one of the West Chimney. Make a tricky stem past a #4 Camalot to gain the flake system on the wall to your left. Continue out the flake and more hard moves to gain a good stance just left of the arete (crux, good gear). Make a commiting move straight up the arete to a jug and good gear; follow the exposed arete to easier ground and eventually the large belay ledge as for "West Buttress," "Hair City," etc.
Standard Eldo rack up to 3" and a #4 Camalot. Bring extra Tech-Friends 0.5"-1". Double ropes would help.
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