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Airy Interlude - 5.10a popular

Average Rating = 4.87/5 Average Rating : 4.87 out of 5
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Cams to 3". Extra hand size pieces for the traverse.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 4.50/5
  Rock Quality 5.00/5
  Scenery 4.90/5
  Fun Factor 4.90/5

Description:

Do the first two pitches of Igor (instead of the crumbly 5.8 original start for Airy) and traverse on the large ledge over to the base of the good stuff (obvious finger crack in the dihedral between Igor and Ankles Away). Climb up the corner to the hand traverse, place a piece high in the corner with a very long sling, and go for it! The crux is a lieback as the traverse curves up to vertical. Outrageous exposure, but the little dimples and bumps on the face under the horizontal fissure provide good smearing until you get to the crux, and there is no shortage of places to shove protection in. Belay at the roof and finish on the last pitch of Igor. 4 pitches total (counting the 3 of Igor), or 2 if you run the two pitches of Igor and the top pitches of Airy/Igor together with a 70M rope. Rap from the anchors on top of the Witch.

Submitted by: tim on 2002-11-27
Views: 1978
Route ID: 16025

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Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Second Second ascent by: nkane on 2011-08-30 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars excellent

first pitch is fun, if you've already done Igor, totally worth doing. Not as loose as advertised. traverse is rad. dyno to the jug!

Added: 2011-08-30

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.1
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: burtonbc on 2008-07-20 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Airy Interlude

Really fun warm up climb.

Added: 2010-04-20

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: Ebird on 1991-09-10 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Ascent note

Wild traverse--should you be on top with almost no handholds or below with almost no feet? Many people miss the excellent first pitch below by traversing in above it. It is worth the hike down.

Added: 2009-06-25

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: Principia on 2008-06-03 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Good for Photos

Sure it was fun, but with all the photos that had been taken of it, I guess I expected more. Great jams the whole climb...don't try to "sport climb" the traverse, it has great jams too.

Added: 2008-12-17

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: bandidopeco on 2008-09-05 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars great

did the regular first pitch, which was all right.

Second pitch is the reason though. Save some 1.5" to 2" pieces for the first part of the traverse.

Added: 2008-09-17

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