|Type:||Trad, 1 pitch, 140'|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]|
|FA:||Reed, Hill, Saure, 1983|
|Submitted By:||Steve Levin on Jan 1, 2001|
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By Olaf Mitchell
From: Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 26, 2007
When Steve Morris and I did the second assent of this crack I chimneyed for along way up the inside. I thought that I could squeeze out just past the crux.The crack proved to be just too tight so I had to slither back down and do the outside all the way. I did get for my efforts though, a good large piece that allowed me to run it out to the top with out putting in any more gear.
It was a fairly long runout but I was able to do the whole climb with only one piece. In the future I believe that I would do it that way again.
The Maelstrom is definantly one of, if not the most aesthetic crack lines in the Platte. It should be on every off width crack afectianerios, hit list.
Sep 22, 2009
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
|Olaf, when I did it I thought about tunneling up through, but I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to get back outside without going all of the way back down under the chockstone, which wouuld have hosed me. Stellar route. The crux isn't super hard, but it is long and physical and slowly wears you down. Kind of like wrestling an alligator, but you might bleed more.|
By Oliver Hill
May 17, 2010
|I have fond memories of this route. Mostly of the great struggle and fight Maurice went thru without much gear. He was intending to climb Wisdom and Naked Edge the following day. He changed his mind! A very hard route to lead and a very easy one to follow. Maurice you are my hero, thanks for introducing me to Colorado climbing.|