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Planetary Alignment 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 500', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Paul Gardner, Paul Ross
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: USBRIT on Mar 20, 2004
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'Planetary Alignment'II 5.7......... Located at the rear of Three Finger Canyon. Easily visable from the entrance to the canyon ,10 min walk. The chimney and left slanting crack on the facing wall as one walks into the canyon.This relativly short Chimney and Crack route makes a change from the longer slab climbs. Good rock..

P1)Up a short slab then climb the Chimney , a little strenious, to natural cam belays at its top. 140'5.7.
P2)Follow the left slanting crack and groove to a cave ,cam belays. 200' 5.6.
P3). Move out left and easy climbing up a groove leftwards to the rim and a ledge with rap anchors. 160' 5.2.....

Descent. 200' ropes come up about 25' short of the ground, Climb carefully 4th class directly down the groove . First Ascent Paul Gardner, Paul Ross (Alt leads) ... Mar. 20th 2004.


Protection good . Friends #1 to #4. Two 200' ropes for Rap.

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By John J. Glime
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 9, 2006

Super easy approach, just across the wash from 1000 ft. of fun. The chimney on the first pitch really isn't much fun. Use caution on the rap. The rap line looks clean and nice, however, there are hollow flakes and ledges that catch the ropes when you pull them. Alternately, these same flakes and ledges get pulled onto you. Don't be careless when pulling your rope.

By EdwardWalker
From: western, colorado
Nov 9, 2007

More fun for us moderate climbers. The first pitch was a blast and has good gear if you know were to look. Second pitch is kind of run out if you don't bring some bigger cams. Great views. You can rap off the top with two 60 meter ropes. Keep it up. Ned Walker

By James Hicks
From: Denver, CO
May 19, 2013

Strenuous is putting in nicely in regards to the chimney on the first pitch. Be ready to grunt and squeeze your way up this thing. The second pitch is a lot of fun, just be ready for a chimney of the squeeze variety to get there. And be careful pulling your ropes after the rap. We got our ropes stuck, unstuck, and then stuck again. And then pulled a rather large flake off once we got the ropes free.