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YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Steve Bechtel, 2009
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Nov 13, 2011
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Cannonball climbs the corner, then straight up to ...


Cannonball climbs an excellent steep wall of tufa flowstone, culminating in a thrilling horizontal roof crawl. Unfortunately this side of the cave tends to seep in the spring, so the routes around here can be dirty from time to time. Its possible to bail from a lowering station just before the roof, which makes for an outstanding 5.11+/12-.

Begin in the Baghad corner with a wicked, height-dependent boulder problem. Stem up the funky corner, then make a few cranks to clear a bulge. After a great shake on the slab, follow great pockets up the vert wall, then onto a slightly overhanging panel of flowstone. Catch your breath at a good shake, then make wild, gym-like moves out the intimidating roof. The redpoint crux hits right at the end, with a desperate struggle to get established over the lip of the roof.


On the right end of the Killer Cave, beginning as for Baghdad, Basra, etc, but head straight up to the high roof, then bust left to the lip (going right is Zero Degrees, 13c).


~12 bolts to 2BA. There are currently 3 draws fixed through the roof, and the high anchor has fixed biners. The second-best way to clean this beast is to down-aid back to the mid-way anchor, then thread & lower from there (the best way is to sucker your belayer into seconding).

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