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The Line 

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

   
Type: Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Herbert, Tompkins
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Submitted By: Guy H. on Feb 18, 2006
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Description 

This is one of the finest crack lines at the Leap. It is located in the center of the East Wall. It should not be hard to pick out, since it follows a continuous crack system for 400ft.

P1: This is the best pitch. Follow a straight in crack in a shallow LF dihedral for 130ft. The first 100ft are continuous, but rests can be found on dikes.

P2: Continue up the crack system which turns right facing. Belay before a roof.

P3: Short pitch. Climb the roof and descend to the left on a well marked trail.


Protection 

Gear to 2.5"



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Randy at the base of the daunting line.
Randy at the base of the daunting line.
The Line. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The Line.
Photo by Blitzo.
The line...
BETA PHOTO: The line...
Maybe you can have TOO MUCH FUN?
Maybe you can have TOO MUCH FUN?
Dede following the first pitch...
Dede following the first pitch...
Anne finishing up the first pitch
Anne finishing up the first pitch
looking down from the top of pitch 1
looking down from the top of pitch 1
Breaching the summit overhang.
Breaching the summit overhang.
Charleen leading the first pitch of "The Line". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Charleen leading the first pitch of "The Line".
Ph...
"The Line". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
"The Line".
Photo by Blitzo.
unknown climbers on the line and labor of love just to the right.
BETA PHOTO: unknown climbers on the line and labor of love jus...
The summit overhangs.  An excellent finish to an excellent route!!
The summit overhangs. An excellent finish to an e...
Jason not far below the summit overhangs
BETA PHOTO: Jason not far below the summit overhangs
can't get lost on this route
can't get lost on this route
Brett nearing the second belay if doing the climb in three pitches
BETA PHOTO: Brett nearing the second belay if doing the climb ...
Nearing the end of the first pitch.
Nearing the end of the first pitch.
Brett beginning the summit overhangs
BETA PHOTO: Brett beginning the summit overhangs
Brett nearing the first belay
Brett nearing the first belay
2 climbers on the line
2 climbers on the line
My good friend Keith Hancock having fun on the line
My good friend Keith Hancock having fun on the lin...
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By Aron Quiter
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From: Oakland, CA
May 29, 2006

This route can be easily completed in two pitches using a 60 meter rope. Once you've found the first belay stance immediately up and right of a roof system, it is about 185 feet to the top of the route. The rope drag on this second pitch is atrocious, and gets exciting pulling the final roof, so bring lots of slings.

By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Jun 12, 2007

I've done it in three pitches, and in two pitches, and I'd agree it is better to do it in two. The third pitch is short, and if you stop where I did for the second belay, the anchor isn't all that great. An old pin, a very thin nut (3 or 4 bd) and some junk cams.

By Darren D.
May 20, 2009

Yes, easily climbed in two pitches...even for a punter like me. A nice climb with fun moves.

By tallmark515
From: San Francisco
Oct 26, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

... or in 1 pitch with a 70 meter rope and rap to the ground from the "Labor of Love" bolted anchor.

1st pitch is fantastic and features 2 distinct cruxes.

By Rocco Spina
Jul 26, 2010

the first time I lead the line,hex's were just making sene,great pro the whole way to the top,its great to see no bolts on the route,RR would be pruod

By Rocco Spina
Jul 26, 2010

RR had a climbing school at the leap in the early 70's

By Blitzo
Aug 24, 2010

A great line.

By Joe Ludlow
From: Denver, Colorado
Aug 25, 2010

Fantastic climb! I would recommend that this one be led with zero cams and only nuts! Cept for the roof. A yellow placed just below it protects it perfectly.

By Colonel Mustard
From: Reno, NV
Aug 24, 2011

Per Joe's suggestion, I've led it with WC Zero cams. It's pretty good that way.

By Ryan N
From: Lone Tree, Colorado
Sep 13, 2013

The anchors for Labor of Love just to the right of the gear belay work quite nice and makes for a spicy finish with a traverse

By Brian Wade
Sep 16, 2013

You CANNOT rap directly off with a 70m rope-or at least ours. Please be careful suggesting you can.