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The Prince 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: 1989 Purcell, Mellor
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Submitted By: Kevin Heckeler on Jul 7, 2012

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Valerie Bachinsky approaching the first belay, P1 ...

Description 

P1 5.5G (50') - Up to ledge (or traverse from left on ledge), then up to a left facing corner. Climb the corner then traverse right to a bolted belay.

P2 5.7G (60') - Climb straight up, through overlap (crux), up to small roof (for gear), then step back down to make a couple moves left (more gear), then up and right on a ledge with a good belay at a left facing open book.

P3 5.7G (90') - (V1) Climb left side of flake, follow fingercrack up and left, along a ramp, up a shallow corner (sometimes wet) to a jutting rock. Behind this (crux), up and left through the roof. Travese left to belay/rap.

You will not reach the ground with a single rope rappel. Expect to use the rappel station about 50 feet below and right of the top rap station.

V1 5.9+R - Straight up black face (bolt). Use the handcrack in the roof to right leaning crack that cuts back left to a ledge and belay (80 feet). Up 5.7 slab (100 feet) to the top. The walkoff right is poor, so this doesn't get climbed much.

Location 

Center of cliff (far left of where the trail meets the wall), right of the bolted 5.12a line of Working Wives that shares the same start.

Protection 

Standard Rack


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By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Jul 7, 2012

P1 and P2 can be combined (with careful rope management). P1 belay is uncomfortable.

Pitch 2 and 3 are great 5.7 pitches, combining face and crack technique. I agree with Adirondack Rock's assessment that this is comparable to Quadrophenia in quality for the grade, although it's nothing like Quadrophenia.

Fwiw, our party walked into The King Wall just to climb this route. Was defnitely worth it.
By aghetie
Aug 3, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

Great route.

We climbed the 2d pitch as described above, and found it to be neither 5.7 (traverse moves after down climb seemed harder) nor G (the rock at the mini-roof is not the best). We also climbed the last pitch, most of which is quite good but has some bad rock on the last 40 feet or so.