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Highway 97*** - 5.12c

Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.12c
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 4.00/5
  Rock Quality 2.00/5
  Scenery 4.00/5
  Fun Factor 4.00/5


Classic thin face for three pitches (11b, 11d, 12c). Some of the nubbins are suspect, so be careful. The bolts can be spacey at times, so pull gently! The third pitch is amazing; 130 feet of balancing on micro-edges and pocket pulling. The crux is up high in some reachy pockets, but the mental crux is in runout 5.11 moves down lower. Oh yeah; this route hardly ever gets done, so don't expect to see much chalk.

Descent Options:

Top out on crumbly choss and walk off. There is a midway anchor on the last pitch, but you'll have to leave gear, as they aren't rap anchors. Bring an 80 m rope if you want to lower back to the belay on the last pitch.

Submitted by: david_smithrock on 2006-12-02
Last Modified: 2007-01-06
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Route ID: 81616

1 Ascent Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.12c
  Safety Rating PG13
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: david_smithrock on 2006-12-02 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Highway 97

With Mike S. Mike led pitches 1 and 3, I led pitch 2. No-falls team ascent! Most likely the first onsight of the crux pitch. Amazing climb; really sustained and heady.

Added: 2006-12-02