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Block Party 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Guy H. on Apr 6, 2002
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This climb is listed as a 10b in the guidebook, but 95% of the climb felt like easy 5.9. This is wonderful route that should not be missed. There are some huge holds on this climb. The crux is probably clipping the anchors. They are in an awkward position above a small roof. If the anchors were below the roof the climb, this climb would a three star 5.9. Enjoy....


6-7 bolts.

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By Old Fart aka Dave Bohn
Apr 9, 2002

I agree with the 5.9 part but I would say 9+. A fantastic jug haul warm-up but I had no problems at the anchors and I'm 6" shorter then Guy. A fun, moderate, must do, 3 star route no matter what you grade it!

By shad O'Neel
Apr 13, 2003

[It's] getting slippery.

By David Danforth
From: California/Colorado
May 21, 2003

What do you mean by slippery?

By Brian Adzima
From: the Paris of Appalachia
Mar 4, 2007

Immediately to the left there is a bolted line with "Anguish and Fear 5.10a" painted at the base. It's pretty similar. Both seem to have a lot of dust on the holds (slippery?).

By Dr. Evil
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 25, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

I've done this route a couple times, and I always forget how fun it is. Definitely worth doing.

By Cam Reade
Mar 22, 2008

Fun 5.9 until the anchor. Clipping the anchor is the 10b part of this climb.

By Hans Hoffman
From: D'iberville, MS
Nov 8, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

I second what Cam Reade said. Also, it's a pretty fun route considering the diversity (foot ledge right before all the huecos, the small crack at the top, and the awkward anchors). My first .10b lead.

By Sol Putman
Jun 13, 2011
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

Fun route, gets climbed a lot, so all the moves are in plain sight, gets a little pumpy towards the top if you're not in good shape. Crux is def' the anchor clip.

By Jordan Hirro
From: Colorado Springs/Glenwood Spri
Feb 27, 2014

Not quite as fun as the neighboring 10 to the left but still a good route. Very fun moderate!