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Making my way up Platinum Blonde 08-01-2007.
This route is located just right of Rockapella. Start and belay up on the higher ledges. This is a great route, sustained pulling on steep to slightly overhanging rock. Lots of good features. The start is a bit run out but very easy. make sure your belayer is attentive or there is a knot in the end of the rope if you are using anything less than a 60 meter rope. On the day I was there, someone was dropped 20 feet while being lowered. The rope went right through the belay device. It is difficult to hear from the top due to distance and typically windy conditions.
8 bolts to a two bolt/chain anchor
Me on the Blond
Platinum Blonde .9+/.10a
BETA PHOTO: Platinum Blond 2013 Photo
|Comments on Platinum Blonde
From: Centerville, UT
Sep 24, 2006
This is a super fun route with great exposure and even better views. The book mentions that it is possible to do this route with a 50m rope by belaying from a ledge a little ways up, but this would be pretty uncomfortable and would require a downclimb. A 60m rope is perfect.
|By Clay Allred|
From: Moab UT
May 15, 2008
I saw my wife climb this route the day we met. I knew she was the one. That's important beta because maybe it could happen to you :)
|By Michael MacFadden|
Jun 15, 2008
This is a pretty fun climb. It kind of zig-zags up the face a bit so look around to see where the next bolts are. The last bolt is probably the most fun section.
Jun 16, 2008
Deceptively steep -- even a bit overhanging in places. Great pockets all the way, just keep cranking to the top!
From: Sandy, UT
Oct 7, 2008
Fun face climb on good holds. The 5.10a difficulty comes from being sustained and a bit overhung in some spots. Eats up an entire 60m rope.
|By Caleb the Woodsman|
Sep 7, 2009
note the length of this one...I led it with a 70m rope and my belayer had just enough rope to lower me back to the ledge...even with the rope stretch...
KNOT THE ENDS OF THE ROPE if you're using anything less than 70m, and certainly for under 60m
|By Perin Blanchard|
From: Orem, UT
Sep 8, 2009
If your "70m" barely had anything left lowering off from this route, then your rope is not 70 meters long.
|By Stan Pitcher|
From: SLC, UT
Jun 7, 2010
Does anyone have contact info for the FA party?
|By Ryan Stott|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 16, 2011
Fun route with plenty of feet to use this as a warm up. I used a 60m rope, and it was plenty. Just make sure the belayer stands on the higher ledge and ties a knot in the end.
|By roger moore|
Jun 20, 2011
60 year old - been climbing about 5 years. Great, fun route --- juggy and positive holds, edges all the way up. Run-out to first bolt is very easy climbing.
|By Jordon Schaefer|
Sep 3, 2011
Great climb! A 60 meter rope is perfect for this climb. Great views and holds. The first bolt is a little run out but very easy climbing minimizes risk. I would say the crux is between the 3rd and 4th bolt. Fairly easy climbing from there to the double chain anchors. Highly recommend, have fun!