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Route 48 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Bob Molzon, Ray Rishel 1977
Season: Any
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Submitted By: Chris Chaney on Apr 13, 2010

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Description 

This is the next dihedral right of American Crack. It is a good alternative if AC is stacked with people waiting. Stem up the dihedral to a cruxy move below a great ledge. Continue up the steeper, but easier dihedral to bolt anchors on the left.

Location 

This route is the obvious dihedral right of American Crack and left of Bombs Bursting. It can be damp, especially the start. Rappel from bolts.

Protection 

An assortment. The crack is irregular in places, so it can be done on passive pro and/or cams. There are bolts just below the ledge and this can fairly easily and somewhat safely be top roped after gaining the main ledge.


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By Donovan Corcoran
From: Oxford, OH
Mar 24, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The very start is the crux for me, but it can be well protected (if you're tall you can get a good #3 to protect the first tricky moves before you even start really climbing).

Above the first ledge it's a pretty straight forward dihedral. Great pro the whole way, bring a set of nuts and standard rack of cams
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