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Who Left the Fridge Open? 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Mark Anderson, 13 Mar. 2011
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Mar 15, 2011

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High on the pillar.

Description 

Among the very best of the grade at Shelf Road, The Fridge climbs a flawless panel of cream stone, featuring a long stretch of fist-deep, incut pockets, a cerebral crux, sustained difficulty, and a wild position on a slightly overhanging wall. This route is more exposed to the wind and gets shade before any other route in the Tropics, making it a great choice on a warmer day.

Begin at ground level & stick clip the first bolt. A few easy moves lead to a ledge on the right. Fire up the brilliant line of pockets, making big cranks between sinker pockets. At mid-height, a horizontal break provides a last shake before the crux. Clear the slight bulge with athletic moves to a pair of big but slopy pockets. From here, a series of thoughtful-but-not-too-hard boulder problems work between successive horizontal breaks.

Location 

Hike ~4-5 minutes left (south) from where the approach trail meets the cliff, to locate an orange wall of clean stone with an obvious bulge running the width of the cliff at 1/3 height. This is the "Tropical Wall". This line climbs the east face of the obvious detached pillar located at the far right end of the wall.

The route begins at ground level.

Protection 

6 bolts, 2 BA. A stick clip is recommended.


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Stretching through a brief mini-crux, just above the redpoint crux.
Stretching through a brief mini-crux, just above t...
The Fridge climbs the clean right face of the buttress.
The Fridge climbs the clean right face of the butt...
"The one man who made a difference five times before, is about to make a difference again.  Only this time, it's different." <br /> <br />Mike A. cruising the sinker pocket section of "Who Left the Fridge Open?" <br /> <br />Photo  Ryan Day Thompson, 2012 | <a href='http://www.ryandaythompson.com' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >ryandaythompson.com</a>.
"The one man who made a difference five times befo...

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By Mike Anderson
From: Dayton, OH
Dec 13, 2011

I agree this is among the best 12- routes at Shelf. Great rock, cool pockets, and sustained fun climbing.
By Jason Halladay
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From: Los Alamos, NM
Sep 3, 2012
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

A fun and worthy route for sure. It'll be really nice after it sees some more traffic. We pulled off/kicked off some holds and other chunks/rocks on the route this past weekend, so it's cleaning up nicely. For the time being, a helmet for the belayer is recommended.
The big, stacked flake system at the top concerned us both, perhaps unnecessarily, so we climbed up onto it gingerly.
The lack of chalk on the holds was cool--that made for real onsight attempts.