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X15 - 5.11a

Average Rating = 2.50/5 Average Rating : 2.50 out of 5
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Route Summary | Ascent Notes (2)
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Rock (Trad)
double rack to 4", triple thin hands to wide hands
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10d
  Safety Rating R
  Exposure 4.00/5
  Rock Quality 2.50/5
  Scenery 4.50/5
  Fun Factor 2.50/5


This route ascends the obvious corner on the right hand side of the Challenger Wall for four pitches. The first three are good (loose rock on the 1st should clean up after a few dozen more ascents), the fourth is....BOLD and the crux. Pitch 1: Start up the chimney and continue up through the finger crack above to a good ledge. 5.10d, 180' Pitch 2: Stellar climbing leads up a interesting wall to the highest of three ledges (base of the OW). 5.10b, 130' Pitch 3: Continue up the corner to a hanging belay (fixed gear- back it up!) below the roof above. 5.10d, 100' Pitch 4: Climb up the corner to the roof, traverse left to a mossy face (b), and then up the corner above to a good bolted anchor. 5.11a R, 110'. Note: The best experience on this route might be to climb the first three and rappel- the final pitch detracts a fair bit from the quality of the climb, despite the good rock found on it.

Descent Options:

Rappel down and left with two 60m ropes- two LONG rappels gets you to the ground (skip the obviously bad bolted station).

Submitted by: vegastradguy on 2009-03-25
Views: 472
Route ID: 98480

2 Ascents Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.10d
  Safety Rating R
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: DHART on 2009-10-20 (View Climbing Log)

2 out of 5 stars X15

A bit brittle and runout at times. Clean up to be a better route. Didnt have right gear for 4th pitch (small-micro wires). Plenty of small gear needed, large gear down low on first pitch. You can link pitch two and three together with a 70m rope as well. single rack to 4. triple .25-.75

Added: 2009-11-10

  Difficulty 5.11a
  Safety Rating R
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Hang Dog Hang Dog ascent by: vegastradguy on 2009-03-25 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars exciting

not the classic Handren calls it, but still somewhat fun for the first three pitches. Pitches 2 and 3 were very good! Pitch 4 was....bold!

Added: 2009-03-25