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Blue Runner 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a PG13

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a PG13 [details]
FA: Pearsall, Bevins, 1979
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Submitted By: Jeff Mekolites on May 31, 2007

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A pretty corner...


This route has a little bit of everything...fingers, off-width, over-hang, face climbing...

Climb through an over-hanging section to a ledge. Climb the thin fingers dihedral until it widens to OW. Work your way up this to a ledge with anchors on a large boulder.

I gave this a "PG" rating because of the start and the boulder below it.


Located left of Calypso II and American Crack/Wall. Route start is "marked" with a large boulder at the base.


Trad. Rap Anchors at top.

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For those who don't jam... there is another way......
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BETA PHOTO: Looking up Blue Runner
Rock Climbing Photo: Things get a little wide at the top...
Things get a little wide at the top...
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James otey cleaning up...
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Dad starting up Blue Runner...

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By Mike Lambino
From: Jasper, Ga
Sep 6, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

While standing there looking at the route making excuses to not climb (raining, tired, hungry, etc) my friend and I watched a rat run out of the cubby hole on the crux crack rocket straight up it with no problems. We saw that as a sign and had no choice to do it. Best 5.9 trad lead ever! Great start to finish.
By Crushin' Prussian
From: carrboro, nc
Nov 16, 2015

Good climb and varied. Stem to send!
By kck
May 31, 2016
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13

Definitely going to hit the ledge if you blow the crux. Definitely harder and more heady than other 5.9s at other areas in the Red. Great line but make sure you stem. :)
By Sean H
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 29, 2016
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Definitely does not deserve a PG13 rating - you have good gear available the whole way.

If you consider the crux to be the thin fingers/stemmy section in the middle, it protects well with blue/green alien size pieces and/or a small nut. You're quickly rewarded with a bomber hand jam after that section.

Fun climb.

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