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Sunset Ridge  

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 2000'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Unknown
Season: alpine
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Submitted By: brad-swanson on Apr 13, 2014

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Close to the top of Sunset Ridge.

Description 

This is a long, sustained ridge climb with moderate exposure. The majority of the route is easy 5th class with only a few areas of true 5.7 climbing. Its rock quality is marginal with some loose stuff especially towards the upper section.

Location 

This ascends Mt. Crested Butte, looker's right of Banana Funnel and one ridge to looker's right of Guide's Ridge.

Protection 

Nuts, small cams through #3 Camalot, lots of runners for slinging horns. A 40 meter rope worked out well. There are no anchors.


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By YDPL8S
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Apr 14, 2014

Hmmm, seems like you'd have to try pretty hard to make it 5.7, I think you could get around those spots pretty easily.
By Eric Klammer
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 27, 2014

Agreed. Climbed it with the max difficulty maybe 5.4 or so. Definitely not Flatirons-esque 5.4 though as choss, route finding, and alpine weather will keep you on your toes. Beautiful views and a cool summit are great, but the climb itself is quite chossy and nothing special.