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Air Break 

YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a

Type: Sport, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
FA: JSt,EFR,'07
New Route: Yes
Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
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Submitted By: 1Eric Rhicard on Dec 19, 2007
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Low slightly awkward crux leads to fun face above.


Starts at the bottom of the chimney on the west face of the Control Tower but steps right from ledges.


Bolts, anchors

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Erica Bigio has turned the corner and is headed to the top.
Erica Bigio has turned the corner and is headed to...
JSt with snowy north facing hillside behind him.
JSt with snowy north facing hillside behind him.
Dan sussing out the moves on the crux.  He eventually went high while I went low.
Dan sussing out the moves on the crux. He eventua...
The second bolt.
The second bolt.
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By jbak
Dec 19, 2007

Strong 2 stars. Reminded me of Chihuahua. If the crux is the move around the corner at the start, it's not awkward at all the way I do it...it's nice.

By jbak
Jan 2, 2008

Have you guys tried to trundle the block about 20 feet up ? It looks a bit spooky and would be instant death to belayer in the admittedly very unlikely case that it pitched.

By Jimbo
Jan 23, 2008

We banged on it when we drilled the route, seemed pretty solid. But if you can get it to go, trundle away.

By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Jan 23, 2008
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

yeah chihuahua power was exactly what i thought of when i did this climb.

By Dan Cohen
Feb 8, 2008

I third the chihuahua comment. I was there today and that rock seemed solid. (I was rapping and my partner was at the anchors). Maybe I am just a weakling.

By 1Eric Rhicard
Feb 27, 2008

Watched a tall guy do the "crux" today. He said it was 5.8 the way he did it. He kept telling me to "just put your foot up on the ledge", Bastard!

By Boodge Nomchompski
Dec 31, 2008
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

I'll jump on that Chihuahua Power bandwagon too. Fun crux down low that feels pretty exposed and committing. Very fun route!

By Catherine Conner
From: Phoenix, AZ
Jan 19, 2010
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

Very fun. Thought I was going to have major issues if the whole route was like the first committing move, but then things eased up. I like this one!