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West Buttress aka Comedy Wall
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L to R R to L Alpha
Comedy Works S 
Divine Wind T 
Far Side, The S 
Night Stalker T 
Practical Joke T,S 
True Comedian S 

Practical Joke 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Mark Rolofson, 2000
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Submitted By: Ivan Rezucha on Jan 21, 2005

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Description 

A decent, moderate, slabby route. Can be done all gear if you climb right of the last 2 bolts (or place gear up and right of the last 2 bolts, then step back down and climb to the anchors). If you're a beggining trad climber, try clipping every other bolt and place gear in between.

Start: From where the trail hits the base of Blob, hike left and up. Scramble up a slab. There is a large right facing corner (Divine Wind). Left of that is a roof with a couple of very hard bolted lines. Left of that is a large left facing corner (Night Stalker). At the left end of the next slabby area is Practical Joke. Just left of Practical Joke are a couple of very short hard bolted routes. This is the start of "Comedy Wall".

Climb past a bulge. At the third bolt, step right across a narrow slab (crux), then up easier low/angle ground. A couple more moves up the final slab leads to the anchors. You can make this harder by avoiding the various cracks left and right of the bolts.

Protection 

8 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor with rings and/or gear. If doing this all trad, double aliens green to red, singles above that, 1 set nuts.


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Looking to the west, you can see the first bit of the snow coming to the mountains this year.
Looking to the west, you can see the first bit of ...
Practical Joke.  The crux is turning the bulge past the third and fourth bolts.
BETA PHOTO: Practical Joke. The crux is turning the bulge pas...
Looking down from above the anchors.  This route can be used to setup top rope on the harder routes to the west.
Looking down from above the anchors. This route c...
The route climbs the narrow slab right of the orange spot to just below the tree at the top center of the photo.
The route climbs the narrow slab right of the oran...
At the third bolt.
At the third bolt.

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