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What's The Point? 

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

Type: Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: George Brackseik, 1995
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Submitted By: Anthony Stout on Jun 13, 2009
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As this route is the easiest on the point, it is where many people start, including us. Dropping down toward the ocean for the first time is a spectacular experience. Watch this climb when the sea is rough! Although this is also discussed in the guide, I did not heed the warning as well as I should have! As I was awaiting my partner after rappelling down to the anchors, I was hit by sea spray once and at another point a wave came right up and soaked my feet and climbing shoes! I had my partner build the anchor a couple of bolts higher than the intended belay and this worked well.

For someone climbing at their limit this route may feel somewhat run-out in a few sections. The climb starts with a few easier moves and then the route gets steep. Pull a few overhung moves with good holds. After the crux the route eases and becomes less than vertical, and the rock becomes sharp at the top.


After reaching the cairn on the trail, head out toward the very end point of the island. It is right of the clump of bushes and trees and has a YELLOW TAG at the top of the route. Once spotting the tag, the anchors are easy to spot at the end of a slab as the cliff drops to vertical.


All TITANIUM bolts. Two at the lower anchor, 13 to climb the route, and two more at the top anchor.

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