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Yankee Clipper 

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

Type:  Sport, 15 pitches, 1500', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Ismael Garza & Ed Wright 1999
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Submitted By: Charles Konopa on Dec 21, 2007
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This is a long moderate route with the 15th pitch being 5.12a. If you don't do the 15th pitch, it goes at 5.10b. I only did the first 14 pitches. We climbed with a single 60m rope and on the raps, we had the knot up against our belay devices multiple times. I recommend the 60m rope, a 70m would be an extra 10m * 14 * 2 = 280m of rope to manage. The rock is sharper the higher you go, until the 14th shade and not as sharp. Here are the pitches as best I can remember:

All pitches are 80-100 feet long.

P1: 5.8 Climb pockets to a semi-hanging belay.

P2: 5.8 Climb pockets.

P3: 5.10b Some more pockets, but steeper and thinner. Some crimpers.

P4: 5.8 Jugalicious!!

P5: 5.9 Jugs to a fun roof.

P6: 5.10b Follow the fixed rope around the corner to a good belay stance. Climb carefully up left side of large spiny cactus. The crux comes about halfway.

P7: 5.9 Left angling face climbing with fixed quickdraws to aid in rapping down. Would recommend clipping your own draws to bolts on lead.

P8: 5.9 I led this one. I just remember it being fun. I think it went right and up through a crease in the steep wall on the right.

P9: 3rd Class. Follow fixed rope up for about 50 feet, then follow trail to right, then left as it winds around (140 feet?) to a nice belay stance in the shade.

P10: 5.10b After cooling off in the shade, climb up easy rock to first bolt, then do some 5.8 liebacking through 2 bolts, then pockets/jugs for a couple bolts, then pull through crux on sharp holds to a small stance at anchor.

P11: 5.9 Off the belay make some tight moves to right and up. This is a strong and continuous 5.9 pitch.

P12: 5.9 Less strenuous than the pitch before, but it pulls some vertical moves on jugs, but the jugs are starting to feel too sharp on my raw fingers! The belay is right near the ridgeline.

P13: 5.8 Climbs along the ridgeline on the sunny side up sharp rock to an awesome belay on the shady side. Did I mention there is glorious shade at this belay? There is a summit register of scraps of paper with names on it. Plenty of room here to unrope, drink, eat, cool off, chat, and take pictures.

P14: 5.9+ This pitch starts at a bolt on the far end of the lounge in the shade. Climb rock that is not as sharp on your hands. Do some fabulous stemming and some chimney stuff to gain the sunny ridgeline. Follow ridgeline to belay anchors.

P15: 5.12a I am not this good of a climber, and if I were, my fingers would be too raw, but I could see the closely spaced bolts running up to a cool top out point. I had my partner lower me back to the lounge area, because this belay stance was small.


Hike past the tin shed and about 30 feet uphill. This is the long clean line left of Space Boyz.


Most pitches seemed to need 10-12 draws.

Photos of Yankee Clipper Slideshow Add Photo
Marga Powell on the fifth pitch.
Marga Powell on the fifth pitch.
Marga Powell on the fourth pitch.
Marga Powell on the fourth pitch.
Kelly cranking on pitch 5 of Yankee Clipper.
Kelly cranking on pitch 5 of Yankee Clipper.
Pitch 10.  Kelly after leading thru the 5.10b crux.  Notice the fantastic 5.8 lieback crack.
Pitch 10. Kelly after leading thru the 5.10b crux...
Pitch 3 of Yankee Clipper.
Pitch 3 of Yankee Clipper.
Arin Trook on one of the lower pitches of Yankee Clipper.
Arin Trook on one of the lower pitches of Yankee C...
Chuck successfully climbed past the left side of this spiny plant to the first bolt (shown), but did not fare as well on the 5.10b crux.
Chuck successfully climbed past the left side of t...
P1 of Yankee Clipper splitting the desert vegetation.
P1 of Yankee Clipper splitting the desert vegetati...
The bolts of Pitch 15, 5.12a for those who would like to try.
BETA PHOTO: The bolts of Pitch 15, 5.12a for those who would l...
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By Eddie Avallone
From: Lewisburg, WV
Jan 7, 2008

The last 2 pitches are the best on the route, a 10a/b dihedral and 12a/c thin face. Exposed and wild to a great topout!

By DisturbingThePeace
From: Albuquerque, NM
Jan 6, 2009

Great route, I liked this one alot better than Spaceboyz, solid rock all the way up. The last 12a pitch is fun and worth doing, although the calcite? holds fell pretty sharp. I climbed it straight on the bolt line, with what I felt was the natural line and 12a felt pretty accurate.

By Matt Swartz
From: Nederland, CO
Apr 24, 2009

Start early, we got a late start and ended up rapping in the dark. I seem to remember the pitches between 4 and 7 being chossy. A super fun route!

By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Jul 26, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Ed may be right. There might be a move of .10a somewhere on this route, but I was probably so bored I didn't notice it.

By Ethan Davis
From: Golden, CO
Jan 20, 2014
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a

The last two pitches top off what could be one of the best routes I have ever done. The summit is great. The climbing is rad. Get there before 1st light if you want a crack at first go.