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Pitched Battle 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 350'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Scott Ayers, Mark Colby (2000)
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Submitted By: Hendrixson on Sep 4, 2010

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Four pitches:

Pitch 1 (70 ft, 5.10, BC): Vertical, featureless face climbing leads to large flakes. The first four bolts are the crux of the route.

Pitch 2 (80 ft, 5.9, BC): From the anchors of the first pitch scramble onto the ramp. To continue on 'Pitched Battle' select the leftmost bolted line. Note 'Steel Crazy' is now the line immediately to the right of 'Pitched Battle'. Knobs and flakes give way to slightly thinner climbing on this pitch.

Pitch 3 (150 ft, 5.3, BGC): Low-angle, chickenhead hiking is found on this long pitch. The mild climbing can be protected with slings and nuts. There is one bolt around the 50 foot mark. Alternatively, from the anchors of the second pitch, one can trend right for 20ft and hit the anchors for the second pitch of 'Steel Crazy'.

Pitch 4 (50 ft, 5.0, G): Choose your own route to top out. The climbing is low angle and can be protected with slings and nuts.


To reach 'Pitched Battle' hike down the east side of the Fortress and squeeze through a narrow passage. 'Pitched Battle' is the left most route on this platform.

'Steel Crazy' and 'Rupley Route' are to the left of the first pitch. 'Poquito Bandito' is to the right.


12 quickdraws, 6 slings, and a set of nuts is more than sufficient. We climbed it comfortably without nuts.

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