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The Pearl 

YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 6a

Type: Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Chuck Buzzard, Jerry Radant -Oct 1983
Season: Spring - Fall
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Submitted By: Karsten on Mar 27, 2006
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A true gem amoung cracks. The pearl is hard for the grade but one of the finest cracks of the gorge seams. This seam has multiple hard section with a funky crux up high moving through a small roof. Above the crux the climbing eases but the climbing becomes runnout.


The route is located to the left of a wide crack on the narrow catwalk.


Bring a full selection of gear to a #3 camalot with extras in the smaller sizes. I found an offset alien and red loweball comforting at the crux and above.

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By Vernon Stiefel
May 16, 2006
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c

This is the best 5.11 trad climb I have done in the Lower Gorge (On The Road is a close second). The crux move for me was a powerful lieback just below the roof. The best gear placements were HB offsets and small stoppers interspersed with small to medium cams to 1".

By ferrells
From: Minneapolis, MN
Jun 5, 2010

Ditto on the small gear. I used doubles of small nuts (BD #7 to #4), and a few small cams. The only place to put a large cam (used a yellow link cam) is in the roof after the crux. Best single pitch of trad I've ever done at Smith, maybe anywhere.

By James E King
From: Bend, OR
Jan 8, 2014

I second the positive feedback on this route. So good. You can put a #6 or 7 Metolius cam in the pod just before the last crux. Also, I cut the old webbing off the anchor bolts and hung chain up, so that's a plus.