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Tour De Platte 

YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b PG13

   
Type:  Trad, 6 pitches, 900', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: A whole bunch of us, about 1983
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Submitted By: Ken Trout on Jun 29, 2009

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BETA PHOTO: Tour De Platte

Kinda hard getting down off the su...

Description 

Any combination of routes, starting with Helens Dome, then Acid Rock, and finally the Velcro Wall to the summit of Sheep Rock. Only one rappel to descend, from the summit down Acid Crack.

The classic and original Tour De Platte is my favorite because it is easier on the toes, requires gear-placing skills, and has the good rock. Start with Buffalo Tears on Helen's, then Four Eyes on Acid Rock, and then Acid Crack to the Summit.

Once Sheep Just Wanna Have Fun was done, that became the best finish IMHO. Even though a bit of descending is required from the top of Acid Rock.


Location 

See the photo.


Protection 

A single set of Black Diamond Steel nuts and Stoppers. Single set of small cams too. Maybe a #2 Camalot just in case.



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By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 30, 2009

Have you done my SticksnStones route, Ken? (a similar TourdePlatte link up albeit easier, consistent difficulty, and shorter)

By Brian Brown
Jun 29, 2011

We linked up Fractured Fairytales on Helen's to Sticks and Stones on Acid Rock to the Acid Crack on Velcro Wall. Great day. We did it all with a single 70m rope. Walk off of Velcro Wall to the south to a single rappel. Had to down climb 20 feet or so. We also threw in a pitch on Baby Helen's just for fun.