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Crag & Route Beta

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R arete Old Baldy Upper
10:03:53 AM
UPRISING (20) 110m *** (old rating system) ***** (new rating system) ****** (newest rating system)

Climbs one of the most prominent natural lines in the valley - the oft eyed right aręte of Old Baldy. Weaves its way up on both sides of aręte. The climbing is exposed and mostly on good rock – given that it is Old Baldy. Well protected with many glued carrots (take 20 bolt plates), a couple of fixed threads, cams (take #.75- #4), spikes, bollards, and a couple of large wires. Take a heap of draws and 6-10 single slings. Use double ropes. Belays are equipped for abseil descent.

If approaching from the top, the first abseil/belay anchor is just below the cliff-top level, on the L of the aręte (looking out). As a 60m rope won’t make it from the top to the P2/3 anchors (allowing you to cut out the short rap to P3/4 belay), you will need to rap to each of the belay/rap points in order. On the last rap, make sure you swing around to the R side of the aręte to reach the belay at start of P2.

Start: 20m R of Scimitar, beneath undercut aręte.

1. 15m Climb onto block leaning against cliff 3m L of aręte. Use fixed rope to gain ledge under roof, walk R to pillar that forms R end of ledge. Clip U bolt and do a few moves of jiggery pokery using another U and in-place sling, to get past fresh air and heinous choss to DUB belay at foot of slab.

2. (19) 25m L up steep, juggy breaks to aręte. Up L side then R to large break and move back L to belay station.

3. (20) 50m Up on L side for 3 m, until steepening forces you R. Up steeply, first on R side of aręte for 20m, then a bit on L, then back R until large horizontal break. Tricky move off break leads past 4 bolts on R side, to blocky ledge. Belay station on L of aręte.

4. (19) 20m Up 2m above belay, step R at block and up R to final steepening on L. DUB belay on R.

Brad Carmady/Ben Maddison November 2011

9:54:26 AM
Sounds great. Got a photo topo?
10:02:06 AM
working on it! Will post asap
bully b
10:13:34 AM
Got back on that wall yet?
10:16:35 AM
hah mate, not yet; weather has been tough and cant find anyone else able to belay that hard! Hopefully go out and get it done next week.

10:44:07 AM
Sounds unreal.

1:52:35 PM
Sounds good, psyched to try it.
3:08:39 PM
bradc reckons the new 6 star Wolgan rating system is great because it can easily be converted to Blueys stars: simply deduct 6 stars.
3:39:25 PM
only deduct 6 stars for sport climbers!
4:31:51 PM
there's a photo on evan's site, the route is the obvious arete to the right of the main face:
4:35:47 PM
Nice one Ben.... how is the Zone crag going? I was a little dissapointed the big arete went at 20... I was hoping it might be a big Blueys version of "Still life with Chalkbag"! That wall must have too many holds!

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