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BBQ Brush T 
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BBQ Brush 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Carl Dec and Billy Smallen, July 2008
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Billy Smallen on Jul 25, 2008

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This is a fun, moderate climb that requires varied techniques. Start on a ramp that is surprisingly hard for its low angle. Once it gets steeper you hit the crux--reach high and slot a nut first! Stem, face climb, and grovel to a stance, then follow the narrowing crack from wide hands to small hands. At the headwall it turns to fingers in a hollow block. Get a finger sized piece to start and then a hand sized piece on top of the block. From the block bust out on Mill Creek style jugs to a mantle (look for a hidden hold) and then walk around right to the anchors.

Remember: New Routes, especially ones in the desert, have loose rock, wear helmets!


This route is located on the climbers left hand side of the dihedrals around the tower from Bloody Elbows. Start in a little dry creek bed under a tree, belay right below a roof.


Doubles from 0.3 Camalot to #2 Camalot, Small Stoppers, Double bolt anchor.

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By cdec
From: SLC and Moab, ut
Aug 22, 2008

Both this and ker-THUD need some traffic to clean up as did Bloody Elbows. This section of the wall has alot of lichen.
Neither are destine to become classics but both face North, are enjoyable and can be done with one rope. At 5.9 the Bloodys see alot of action. We think/hope these routes will round out a 1/2 day of moderate climbing at the Dihedrals.
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