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String Bikini 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Trad, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5c [details]
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Submitted By: Tony B on Nov 11, 2009
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Description 

This is a pretty good climb with good moves, solid rock, great position, exposure and scenery. Furthermore, the protection is great, so don't let it intimidate you- it is a good route to push your grade on.
There is a little of everything on this route- underclings, stemming, jamming, smearing, liebacks and face-climbing etc...

As for the grade... The route was originally rated 11c, but people who can jam well or those with small hands may find it significantly easier. The 10d grade reflected here is a contended compromise in ratings that reflects a combination of factors, one of those being that at Long Dong harder cracks are generally over-graded (I thought this one was 10c or 10d, personally).


Location 

Head on about 200 feet South of where the trail intercepts the flat rockbed. At the far right side of the inset amphitheatre in Golden Valley there is an overhanging, left-facing corner. String Bikini follows the smaller corner and arete system to the outside of that inset. Follow the obvious crack and corner systems to a large undercling flake, traversing right under that to reach a large bulge split by a clean thin-hands jamcrack. Pull through the crack (crux) and head on up and left through a more moderate crack system past an old eye-bolt and onto a ledge with a set of glue-in anchors. These need links and chain added.


Protection 

A standard light rack of nuts and cams to 3". A 1.5" - 2" cam or thereabouts protects the crux from below or above. If you will be on-edge gradewise, carry an extra of each of these.
Up top there are 2 sets of anchors, the higher of these being the better and adding some interesting climbing. These however need chain added.



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