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Plumb Line - 5.10d

Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
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Route Summary | Ascent Notes (1)
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Jim Bridwell, Kevin Worrall, Dale Bard (5-1974)
Rock (Trad)
Cams, doubles .5" - 3" and 1 # 4, 5 and 6 Black Diamond size. Nuts 1 set mostly small.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10d
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 4.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 4.00/5


Start up a dirty left facing corner to a ledge. Pitch 2 climbs a flairing steep offwidth to a rest then hand traverses left to more offwidth. More sustained tight offwidth finally leads to a short hand crack and a nice belay ledge. Pitch 3 climbs a tight hands crack to a belay in an old eagle nest. Pitch 3 climbs a tight squeeze chimney to a thin fingers crack. Make a difficult steep mantle move out of the corner and exit to the right to the summit.

Descent Options:

Walk off from the top.

Submitted by: salamanizer on 2010-06-14
Views: 467
Route ID: 105345

1 Ascent Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.10d
  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: salamanizer on 2010-06-13 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Brutal

This route is a bit sandbagged but a really awesome wide yosemite route.
Pitch one in the guide says 5.8. Expect 5.10 climbing up a dirty crack making a .10+ move near the top around the corner via some edges on the face to the right. Pitch two starts in a difficult overhanging flaring hand crack corner and quickly opens to a difficult .10d+ offwidth. Soon you exit on a hand traverse left to more offwidth. More .10+ offwidth goes on for another 100ft passing several cruxes and staying rather sustained to a good belay ledge. Pitch 3 climbs a tight hands crack up a nice crack with a decent coating of bird poo. This route is rated .10a in the book but may be just a tad harder. Pitch 4 rated 5.8 in the book starts with some overhanging hands and quickly moves into a tight squeeze chimney. This squeeze is about the same difficulty as Ahab. After the squeeze you end up climbing a quickly steepening corner fingercrack which has a .10+ exit move to a big ledge system. Exit the ledge to the right up mildly rotten rock to the summit. I felt quite sandbagged the whole way but the climbing is really good and the protection is good. Definitely one to add to the Valley offwidth circuit.

Added: 2010-06-14