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The Hitchhiker 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 900', Grade IV
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Bryan Burdo and Scott Johnston 2007
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Submitted By: Nicola Masciandaro on Aug 18, 2013

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BETA PHOTO: The slab traverse at the start of p5.


The route ascends the south face of South Early Winters Spire and starts in a small left-facing dihedral with 4 bolts.


doubles to 2", 60m rope

Photos of The Hitchhiker Slideshow Add Photo
Pitch 1 from the start.
BETA PHOTO: Pitch 1 from the start.
topo via Blake Herrington on CascadeClimbers
topo via Blake Herrington on CascadeClimbers
looking down p2
BETA PHOTO: looking down p2
route description from CascadeClimbers
BETA PHOTO: route description from CascadeClimbers
2nd pitch
2nd pitch

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By Rafe
Jun 23, 2014
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Given the bolted belays and the amount of protection bolts on the pitches I'd dare to say a rack of singles would work for this route. I can't think of a pitch that doubles were placed on. One thing that consistently stuck out to me while on the route was the absurd amount of gear I had on my harness while arriving at each belay, which was a set of doubles to 2" with a 3" and 4" singles.

Excellent route.
By kerwinl
Jul 7, 2014
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Pitch 8 of Blake's description goes completely free at around 11b, look for the fingers/tips jams in the corner formed by the roof and face. A much better alternative then aiding through, if you still have the strength left. Amazing route!
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