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Tralfamadore 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Larry Coats, Dugald Bremner 1976
Season: Fall, spring
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Submitted By: Larry Coats on Sep 25, 2010

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Description 

As mentioned in the intro, Tralfamador climbs the obvious orange-stained cracks that lead to the square-cut, right-facing corner/roof in the middle of the North Side crag. Begin by scrambling or rappelling to the broken ledge below the leaning block at the start of the route.

Pitch 1: (5.9+) Easy climbing ascends the leaning block and double corner cracks above. The cracks converge, then difficulty arises as the orange rock appears. A few moves of thin tips crack (originally protected with a piton) lead to a foothold stance with anchor arranged from small to medium pieces, or step left and belay from the wider crack below the roof.

Pitch 2: (5.9+). Need you ask? Step over to the corner below the roof, then undercling to the lip and crank over to the wider crack above. Easier climbing (5.8) leads to the rim.

Note: The entire climb can be done as a single pitch, but requires some clever work with runners to avoid rope drag over the roof section.


Protection 

A normal rack of cams and wires, with a couple of wider cams (4-5") for the roof. The climb was originally led with passive gear and one angle piton near the end of the first pitch.



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Paul Davidson leading the first pitch of Tralfador on the second ascent.
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By JJ Schlick
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From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 30, 2013

Tralfamadore is a distant planet in the semi science fiction classic "Slaughterhouse Five", by the legendary Kurt Vonnegut. On Tralfamadore, the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim is locked away with a human female prostitute in the local zoo.... Tralfamadorians can see back wards and forwards in time much the way we see distance. So it goes.