Orbit

Shirley jamming the 5.9 finger cracks near top of pitch 3 of Orbit. There's some controversy as to what these cracks are rated - upper rating is 5.9 (Nelson & Potterfield guidebook); lower end rating is 5.8. Either way, it's a pretty fun section (May 16, 2004).

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Martin Cash

Martin Cash - May 18, 2004 11:05 am - Voted 10/10

AWESOME!

Man that looks like some great climbing. Excellent photo! Can't wait to get up there.

rpc

rpc - May 18, 2004 11:50 am - Hasn't voted

Re: AWESOME!

Thanks Martin!

You'd definitely enjoy yourself on this one - we loved it! As always the photos "wimp up" the steepness of the climb, but the whole thing has really nice exposure to it.

Martin Cash

Martin Cash - May 26, 2004 10:08 am - Voted 10/10

Re: 5.9 finger cracks?

Dan,



Radek and Shirley did the variation on the third pitch which is 5.9 as described in Selected Climbs Volume 1.

rpc

rpc - May 26, 2004 11:21 am - Hasn't voted

Re: 5.9 finger cracks?

Maybe it has.



Hard to say if they "really" were 5.9 cracks. That's what Nelson&Potterfield claim. Maybe these are so short that real climbers just dance right over them w/o noticing.

Martin Cash

Martin Cash - May 26, 2004 11:35 am - Voted 10/10

Re: 5.9 finger cracks?

No need to change the caption. "Real" climbers often tend to be notorious sandbaggers as well. The best person to judge a grade is someone climbing close to their difficulty. Dan climbs mid 11 trad I believe.

rpc

rpc - May 26, 2004 11:44 am - Hasn't voted

Re: 5.9 finger cracks?

I've tried to change it back to reflect the possible discrepancy in the ratings.

Thanks Martin.

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