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Cosmos - 5.9 popular

Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00 out of 5
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Rock (Trad)
RURPS, beaks through OW cams
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty A3+
  Safety Rating R
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 5.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5


This route had its belay bolts replaced in 2007 with ASCA 3/8" stainless steel, with matching hangers. It follows a direct, steep line on the SW face, between Dihedral and Salathe. The climbing is sustained, but not too hard, mostly A2/A3. When Thanksgiving Ledge is reached (P22), you can either walk left to the West Buttress to finish (the original ascent) or use the later, direct finish of 6 pitches to the summit.

Descent Options:

Either rap Lurking Fear, or walk all the way over to the other side of El Cap, and go down the East Ledges.

Submitted by: apollodorus on 2009-06-10
Views: 2044
Route ID: 100186

1 Ascent Recorded

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  Difficulty A3+
  Safety Rating R
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: apollodorus on 2007-06-15 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Cosmos 5.9 A3

PTPP and I replaced all the old, rotten belay bolts on this fine route. It's a pretty steep, clean, direct and sustained line up the SW face of El Cap. Easier than Excalibur, harder than Son of Heart.

Added: 2009-06-08