The American Tourist

3 Stars

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Fine but very bold climbing up the left-hand side of the slab - only for the committed - a UK grade of around E3 5b would cover it. Though this and Sea Breeze have only a grade between them, The American Tourist is a serious undertaking, with minimal protection and some poor belays. Skyhooks may be found useful as runners, or as a means of escape if things get too much! Start 100m left of the flake at the toe of the slab, where there is a small grass ledge amongst the ferns.<br/><br/>1) N5-, 30m. Trend right via friction and the occasional flake to a stance in the base of a shallow groove. Scary!<br/>2) N5+, 45m. Move left then climb the face before trending right to a stance at the base of a huge flake laid on the slab. Scary!!<br/>3) N6, 50m. Climb the flake to its end then trend left across the slab before climbing to the base of a thin crack. Scary!!!<br/>4) N6, 45m. Climb straight up the slab (effectively unprotected) to a poor stance at a down-pointing flake. Very scary!!!!<br/>5) N6-, 50m. Trend right via the occasional flake (poor protection again) to a stance at the base of a long curving overlap. Scary!<br/>6) N5, 45m. Move right to the second overlap and follow the crack (runners - yippee!) to a stance.<br/>7) N3+, 50m. Easy climbing leads to the ledges above the slab.
FA. Thorbjørn Enevold, Andreas Bergwall, Ed Webster 4.8.1991


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