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Phatt Ass 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Mark Sargent, Mike Kurilich, Phil Baldwin July 2009
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Mark Sgt on Aug 16, 2009

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Description 

5.8/5.9 Start is just right of the large right facing corner. Ascend the crack rising in an upward right traverse, using funky cross-thru lieback moves clipping 7 grey bolts. Pretty cool and unique climbing. More experienced climbers may be able to miss out on some bolts by making semi-blind pro placements at their feet as they layback; just realize the crack flairs in places and the traversing nature of the lower crack combined with the ground upsloping has you at groundfall potential longer than other cracks of this length. However you do it - itís a climbers choice. Continue up thru the left side of a crack/break placing either a medium stopper or tech friend and then up left for 5 more bolts to anchor. 12 bolts total. 20 meters

Protection 

Depending how you approach the lead. Either clip bolts and maybe one medium stopper placement or more experienced leaders could place small/medium cams and small wires. More experienced climbers may be able to miss out on some bolts by making semi-blind pro placements at their feet as they layback; just realize the crack flairs in places and the traversing nature of the lower crack combined with the ground upsloping has you at groundfall potential longer than other cracks of this length. However you do it - itís a climbers choice.


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By ddriver
From: SLC
Jun 20, 2011

This was worthwhile, though I see we did it a bit different than you guys. We used this as a direct line up to what you're calling Wrinkle, which makes for a longer pitch and a line to the top. The note re ground-fall potential is correct, as the right-leaning crack somewhat follows the rising base.