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Pharaoh's Tomb 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a PG13

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Jason Haas, Tony Bubb 2006
New Route: Yes
Page Views: 255
Submitted By: Tony B on Jun 26, 2006

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  • Description 

    This route is the obvious chimney on the South face. Start below an overhanging section (crux) with big jugs and do some gymnastic moves to get into the chimney. From here, the route eases considerably but still has some good movement. Reach a pine tree about halfway up and either set up a belay or continue to the top of the formation, which can easily be done with a 70 meter rope. The start can be protected with small cams or nuts deep in the chimney, otherwise plan to do the crux without any pro.

    To descend, walk towards the North face, then downclimb the east face for about 100ft. near this ridge to a notch on the North face. This is actually the top of 1/2 Man, 1/2 Beast. At this notch, rappel from webbing around a chockstone to the ground (35m).


    Standard rack up to #4 Camalot. A long sling or two is helpful. 10a leaders might not like the start of this route- the gear is difficult to place and it would be a bad landing without it. Still, the holds are HUGE and secure. A 5.10 for 5.10+ leaders.

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