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The Yellow Traverse 

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

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Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Layton Kor, Stan Shepard, 1960.
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Submitted By: Patrick Vernon on Jan 1, 2001
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This route is usually used as a rather silly start to The Metamorphosis. It is a 40 foot rising traverse to the left on the south face of [Wind Tower]. I believe [Rossiter] calls this classic, I thought it was pretty lame. The crux comes at the beginning and the rest of the climb checks in at about 5.8 or so and has good holds which gives the route a mellow feel despite the complete lack of pro. In my opinion the route to the left, Diffraction (.10a), is much a much better lead in pitch to routes on the south face, it also has good pro.


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By Anonymous Coward
Jun 16, 2001

I have to disagree about this being lame. This is fine excitement, and a wonderful way to get on up to The Metamorphosis. By climbing this up to the bolt with the sling you get two great pitches.

By Bill Wright
Sep 13, 2001

I thought this was a pretty interesting route. The climbing is thought provoking because of the questionable gear. Knowing that it was rated "X" or "VS" I looked for gear everywhere and placed about ten pieces on this short traverse. Of course, only maybe 3 or 4 were any good... :-)

Diffraction is the better choice to get to Metamorphosis. It is better protected, has more interesting climbing, and is much better protected for the second.

By Jesse Ryan
Jun 10, 2004

Was able to place a bomber piece mid traverse. Probably knocks seriousness from X to R or so. In the shallow but large pocket I placed a bomber 2.5 tricam (tip was down behind slight lip). Fun line.

By Chris Archer
Jun 11, 2004
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Here's a trivia question for all you history buffs. What was the original name of this route?