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Taliban Blues 

Taliban Blues 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 4c

   
Type: Trad, 3 pitches, 350', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Patrick Seurynck, Ralph Mitchell
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Submitted By: BJ Sbarra on Aug 25, 2008
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Description 

P1. Climb up the slab to the first bolt, make a long, awkward move to the flake on the left and then follow bolts up to the crack. Follow the nice splitter (might be some vegetation in spots, as it doesn't see much traffic) as it widens from fingers to fists. Best to move up past the first anchor to the next anchor 20' higher.

P2. Follow the bolts up the edge of the face. The exposure in spots is excellent, as the formation drops steeply into the gully on your right. Stop at the obviously belay anchor, or link with the next pitch for a 200' monster.

P3. Follow more bolts up as the rock gets steeper, working whichever side appeals to you. Really nice climbing.

Descent:

Make 2 single rope raps back to the higher belay anchor at the top of the first pitch. From here, a 70m cord will get you to the bottom if you head down in the right spot, otherwise move to the lower anchor. With a 60m, you SHOULD be able to reach the ground from the lower anchor, but may have to rap into the gully on climber's right instead, make sure to pay attention while you rap.


Location 

Follow the trail/talus up to the obvious large slab, the route starts on the right side of the formation, the first bolt should be obvious, just down and right of a large, pointy flake.


Protection 

Take 12 quickdraws and a single set of cams from fingers to fists, if you want to sew up the crack.



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Heather on Taliban Blues, pitch 3.  Low angle but high quality!
Heather on Taliban Blues, pitch 3. Low angle but ...
First pitch with the finger/hand crack.
BETA PHOTO: First pitch with the finger/hand crack.
Looking down pitch 2. Some amazing slab climbing!
Looking down pitch 2. Some amazing slab climbing!
Beautiful morning for some granite slab.
Beautiful morning for some granite slab.
Heather pitch 2 Taliban Blues.
Heather pitch 2 Taliban Blues.
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By martinharris
From: Glenwood Springs CO
Jul 14, 2011

Lots of draws, 0.4 or 0.5, and 0.75 and #2 is plenty for the crack.

By JMo
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 28, 2013
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c

Great job putting up this route! Took my wife up it, what a solid line in a spectacular setting. Seeing that I don't climb low-angle slab ever, I was pretty darn grateful for the time and expense that went into safely bolting this line.

Truly 0.4, 0.5, 1, and 2 will SEW the crack. Leave cams at top of p1 and grab on the way down. Rapping to first p1 anchors from p2 won't work even w 70 w/o a touch of shenanigans - knot those ends and be careful....