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Pitch one - Climb the 5.9+ slab protected by one 5/16th inch bolt that leads to the prominent double hand cracks.
Pitch two - Climb the double cracks (5.8) up into the right-facing dihedral.
Pitch three - ID the left-tending, rising traverse. Climb out of the dihedral onto the face protected by bolts. Then climb the thin crack and face holds (5.11) to gain the belay ledge.
Pitch four - Climb the beautiful 5.9 hand crack to the summit.
This is the prominent line close to the middle of the Infidel West Face.
Friends and nuts to 3 inch including a selection of micro stoppers. Bolts if you'd like to replace the old buttonheads.
Jay leads the final pitch.
BETA PHOTO: Infidel topo.
John launches off. To where we don't know.
Up to the wide crack then to the twin hand cracks.
A nice summit with great views.
JC on the last pitch
JC topping out
The Infidel's first pitch FA.
The "Infidels" themselves in Yosemite, 1981.
|By Allen Hill|
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Jul 13, 2009
Absolutely a brilliant line. It has everything for the South Platte climber; thin face, off width, fingers, and a wonderful hand crack to top it off. It really should be a considered a Platte classic. Needs new bolts. Also only one bolt on the first pitch. Serious pitch as it is now.
|By Bryan Ferguson|
From: Castle Rock
Aug 2, 2009
Regarding bolts on The Infidel:
I understand replacing bolts with modern, safer bolts but please don't add bolts to the Infidel. I led the first and third pitches on-sight without pre-view and drilled each bolt (no power drill - all with hand brace and hammer) on lead without aid (Jay lead pitches two and four). The addition of bolts will alter the route in a way that will erase the spirit in which the route first was done.