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Wessel in the Chicken Coop 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Chris Alber & Dave Wessel, November, 1999
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Submitted By: Jeremy Smith on Jul 27, 2001
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This route is the farthest right route on Chicken Wall, starting by 2 huge old industrial bolts. The climbing is rather forgettable with easy clips from good stances. Most of the good holds are hidden until you're right on top of them. I also found myself zig-zagging to the left and right of the bolt line to reach these holds. Beware the rope drag if you plan on setting up a top rope. Not much more to it, an average 5.9 in my opinion (not that that means much).


5 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.

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By Jeff Lockyer
From: Canmore, AB
Sep 25, 2001

Perhaps the key to making this climb a little easier, is the zig zagging as stated above. I think if you keep to the bolt line the route is enjoyable and the holds will be a little more slopey than the others to the left and right. I guess it could be considered an elimination kind of route, but either way have fun with this one. A good warm up with the route directly left, then continue around the corner.

By Paul Donald Andrews
From: Nederland, Co.
Jun 25, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

I thought it was a pretty fun route, considering it's so short and doesn't look like much from the ground. I enjoyed the crux bulge. You have to search a little for the best combination. It's not obvious. Recommended.