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The Drifter 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Sport, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Louie Anderson 2002
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Submitted By: Ryan Kelly on Apr 17, 2010

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Description 

Starts just right of an arete on vertical terrain up to an alcove under a roof. A few big moves to get through that, a huge jug to rest on, and then sustained thin pockets on a slab to the top. Consistent and a decent length (for the area) but probably not the .12a that's listed in the guide. Regardless, one of the better climbs in the area, and in the park in my opinion.

Location 

Main line on the Drifter Wall, can't miss it.

Protection 

7 bolts plus anchors.

The missing bolt was replaced some time ago, but there's a few spinners now.


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Joe on the send
Joe on the send
Unknown climber post crux on The Drifter. Kipp was...
Unknown climber post crux on The Drifter. Kipp was...
Captain Fastrousers (incorrectly) moving through t...
Captain Fastrousers (incorrectly) moving through t...
Grae pulls the roof
Grae pulls the roof

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By Michel le Duff
Nov 18, 2013

I pulled off the loose jug below the last bolt yesterday. I later took a pretty nasty fall climbing right of that bolt and blowing the clip.
Stay left going to the last bolt or you will hit the slanted boulder below.
By G Halsne
Oct 31, 2014
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

OF note- The last 3 bolts of El Driftero have been "fixed" draws for quite some time. This was always confusing to me due to the fact that the last 3 bolts are easy to clean, directly below the anchors, while the first 6 bolts are relatively hard to clean based on the nature of the drifters "drift"

That said, recently someone has "liberated" The Drifter of all fixed gear which has not necessarily changed the red point rating based on the previous placement of aforementioned gear.

This event caused me to think about what a PITA it is to clean so I decided to add some fixed gear to the bolts # 3/4/5 and 6. NOT to create an easier route, but to aide in cleaning ease. I did not add to the lower first and second bolt because of how low they are. The #1 bolt can clipped from the deck, and the #2 bolt can be cleaned off from the #3 bolt after the fact.

I feel like this is a major improvement to the route and would encourage its traffic as the pitch itself is great. Thanks Louie !