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Zig Zag 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: TM Herbert and Mark Powell, 1961 FFA: Mark Powell and Bob Kamps, 1967
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Submitted By: Roger Linfield on Feb 24, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: The bouldery start shared by Zig Zag, Open Book, M...

Description 

This excellent climb is on the relatively narrow wall to the right of the Open Book. Start with the initial overhang of the Open Book, then move up and right past a bolt, and into a crack system. One or two 5.9 lieback moves are followed by easy climbing, and then a 5.9 move just before the belay (the route joins Mechanic's Route here). When Mechanic's Route branches off and right onto face climbing, continue up the crack. Great finger jamming leads ten or twelve feet up to a crux exit move onto the face. Climb up to a crack above, and on to a belay. Exit to either the right (Mechanic's Route) or left (Open Book).

Protection 

standard rack


Photos of Zig Zag Slideshow Add Photo
the lines above viewed from P1
BETA PHOTO: the lines above viewed from P1
S Face showing Open Book, Zig Zag, Mechanic's Rout...
BETA PHOTO: S Face showing Open Book, Zig Zag, Mechanic's Rout...
looking down P1 and the classic dihedral on Open B...
looking down P1 and the classic dihedral on Open B...
the 3 lines become visible after the pulling the r...
BETA PHOTO: the 3 lines become visible after the pulling the r...
Jascha approaching the P1 belay
Jascha approaching the P1 belay

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By Tradoholic
Dec 22, 2012

An underrated climb, take care not to go off route, and the "exit" from the thin seam isn't obvious but surprisingly exciting. Did it in two pitches with a 70m.