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Dow WilliamsIxtlan  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2012

Dow Williams

We actually combined the first three pitches. The second pitch is a very aesthetic bowed out splitter. The moves are fun and athletic. Eventually this initial section of the splitter leads to an almost perfectly consistent off-width crack. Either lay back or scoot up the off-width. The FAer’s placed many bolts out right, but if I did the route again, I would rather rely on two C4 #6 cams. We also combined pitches 4 and 5, which consisted of tame 5.8-5.9 climbing on good rock. The fourth pitch would still require wide protection or reliability on the existing bolts, but the rock is of good quality and the grade level closer to 5.8 than 5.9. The 7th pitch offers up the best 5.9 (Handren calls it 5.9+) move of the day. The 8th pitch is rated 5.10a in Handren’s guide, but we did not feel the 5.10 anywhere on it and most of the climbing with 5th class. With Zach Lee.
Posted Feb 27, 2012 12:20 pm

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