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Mt. Kinesava, Tatooine

In February Joe French, Zach Lee, and Caleb Padgett found, equipped, and freed a fantastic crack system on the south face of Kinesava. The route is the farthest left of the established routes (left of Arrakis), and a few bolts in a slightly overhanging di-himney mark the start. It is characterized by one continuous crack that rarely opens up to anything larger than hand-size. There is a comfortable bivy for four atop pitch five. The upper buttress is reminiscent of Moonlight. Wherever the crack pinches off, face holds appear. The route is well equipped for speedy ascents and is sure to be a classic desert free-climb. Tatooine (15 pitches, IV 5.11).

Nathan Brown