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Pelicans 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: John Broussard and Jim Thornburg, 1988
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Submitted By: jared toettcher on Sep 16, 2002

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Description 

This climb shares its first two bolts with Walkin' a Thin Line (5.10c). After the second bolt, traverse right and climb up to the nearest bolt. Continue up over a flake and bulge to an easier slab climb finish. The crux (and only real 5.12a section) is pretty reachy, and runs between the 3rd and 4th bolts.


Protection 

6 bolts finishing to a 2 bolt anchor



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By Anonymous Coward
Nov 22, 2002

I don't know who did this route first, but it could well have been Harrison Dekker. He did a route that sounds like its in this area that he called "Dream of White Porsches", and he and Scott Frye were developers of many of the hard routes in this area.

Jim Thornburg would know...Jim?

By Brian Quiter
From: Oakland, CA
Nov 27, 2002

'Dreams of White Porshes' goes closer to 5.13b, and is located a few routes to the right of Pelicans.

By Paul Rezucha
From: Alameda
Mar 31, 2003

Maybe next time... Moves from the ground are very interesting if you stay away from the easier beginning of Walk a Thin Line. From ground, traverse up and left and then straight up to large incut ledge. A mantle and reach gets you to tiny face holds just over bulge. Where to go here? I didn't see anything up so I traversed right with feet on the large ledge on tiny hand holds and then tried to reach to small right facing corner. Maybe it goes this way. Too steep, tiny, and blown to make a good attempt. IF it doesn't go out this far right, then maybe there is a hold high up hidden. Thus the "Very reachy, footless bulge between 3rd and 4th bolts." comment in the guide. Where I was off to the right was pretty much this too! Upper part looks fun, similar to Walk a Thin Line, thin face climbing.

By jim thornburg
Feb 10, 2006

John (Johnny B) Broussard made the first ascent (tr) of this route in the 1987. He and I did the first leads the following year.

It's desperate!