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Capital Y - 5.8

Average Rating = 3.00/5 Average Rating : 3.00 out of 5
Route sequence (left to right): 6
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Kevin Earl & Gardner Hui
Rock (Trad)
Our rack has DB stoppers, CAMP tricams. We only had three DB C3's but did not need them for Capital Y.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.8
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 3.00/5
  Rock Quality 3.00/5
  Scenery 3.00/5
  Fun Factor 3.00/5


This is an alternative pitch-2 of Arrowsmith. Here's the name sake: "Arrowsmith" looks like a question mark '?'. Its P1 straight and its P2 curled. "The Y" is an alternative P1 of "Arrowsmith". Together they form an upside-down lowercase 'y': Lowercase because their P2 is curled. The new route, the alternative P2, is straight up: Thus making an upside-down capital 'Y'. You'll need to look at the topo to make sense of the name. "Capital Y". FFA by Kevin Earl and Gardner Hui on July 17th, 2010. Tentatively rated 5.8PG13. To get there, climb P1 of Arrowsmith or The Y. Belay. Then instead of the traditional P2 where you start by traverse right. You'd climb straight up and slightly to the left along a crack system 25ft to a triangular cove roomy enough to lie down. From the cove, you continue 35ft straight up and slightly to the left along the cracks -- this time you'll see two cracks leading to the top and they are about 5ft apart. Follow either crack. Once on the top and on the flat ground, walk back 15ft to wrap your rope around any big boulders -- that's your top anchor. Belay.

Descent Options:

Bushwack off a gulley to the left (south) of Leaning Tower.

Submitted by: whui1025 on 2010-07-19
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Route ID: 105865

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  Difficulty 5.8
  Safety Rating PG13
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: whui1025 on 2010-07-17 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars Kevin and I discovered this route by accident.

The safety rating may be G and not PG13. Kevin and I need to go back again on our newly discovered route to scout out the pro placements.

Added: 2010-07-21