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Ribeye Flake 

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

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: T Moderson, Craig Leubben, 1989
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Submitted By: Aaron Martinuzzi on Mar 3, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: The Ribeye Flake itself is in the upper portion of...


A decent climb that mixes up nice edging with some fairly intimidating friction moves. Begin at the right side of a flake leaning against the wall directly beneath the hanging "ribeye flake" in the middle of the NW Slab.

P1 - Climb the right-facing corner and face to a belay at a juniper bush directly beneath the hanging Ribeye Flake. Good gear and easy climbing. 5.6, 80 feet.

P2 - The meat. Bite into a leftward traverse on significant edges, heading up through broken, slabby terrain toward a line of three bolts. Friction up the bolt line (5.8, intimidating) to reach lower-angle, more well-featured rock and a left-trending finger crack that deposits you on Cow Pie Ledge. 5.8, 120 feet.


3rd class about 100 feet left of the base cairn and Sky Crack until you're directly beneath a dark, water-stained face and a large, hanging flake. Ribeye climbs an easy corner to a stance beneath the hanging flake, and then traverses left about 20 feet to follow a line of bolts through low-angle, friction-intensive terrain.


Three well-spaced bolts protect the crux of this climb. It wouldn't be at all unreasonable to simply solo the first pitch and forego building a belay at the juniper bush; the climbing is easier than the guidebook 5.6 up to this point. Regardless, QDs and a set of nuts will get you up this climb in style; bring some cams if you're so inclined.

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By Kevin Landolt
From: Fort Collins, Wyoming
Sep 4, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

A really enjoyable climb! 3 bolts for 200 feet of climbing keeps it spicy.
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