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YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: David A. Turner on Sep 15, 2004

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  • Description 

    This route is on the West Face of Der Zerkle, far right side. Boulder the unprotected direct start to the business, or more easily traverse in from the left. The hard part starts with the first clip and continues to the anchor. Some will argue that this route is 12a. No argument from me. New anchor bolts have been installed.


    3 protection bolts.

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    By Kaelen Willaims
    Mar 29, 2008
    rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

    Compared to Android Powerpack (just down the way on Square Rock) this thing felt waaay harder than .11d, just thought I'd encourage people to scope this thing out before assuming it would be easy (like I did, even after I'd hangdogged all the moves months ago). Also, the second bolt is in a crappy place. You either have to clip it from a heinous lieback, or just skip it.
    By kevin murphy
    From: Lafayette, Colorado
    Jul 1, 2011

    I thought this route was quite good. If you are in the area, check it out.
    By Dr. Evil
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 15, 2011

    Placing a shoulder-length sling on the second bolt will allow you to clip it from a good hold.
    By Paul Glover
    Jun 24, 2012

    With fresh fingers, the second clip is fine off a crimp. To improve the value of this tiny "pitch", do the V1 boulder problem up to it. With or without the V1, I call it 12a.
    By George Bracksieck
    Jun 19, 2013

    The first bolt is loose and should be replaced with a half-incher, because it could get a lot of action, high above the deck.
    By Richard Border
    From: Boulder, CO
    Nov 10, 2014
    rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13

    The second bolt is in a fine location, you just need to clip it from the jug after moving through the lieback. Clipping it from the lieback is heinous.
    By Paul Hunnicutt
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 7, 2015

    Some sharp holds up there. Or very crystally (if that is a word).
    By Zachary Nadiak
    Sep 30, 2015
    rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

    The first bolt is a little suspect. Definitely don't want to take a fall on it. Looks like it needs to be replaced. The rest of the bolts are in good condition.

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