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Cosmic Amazement 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Paul and Andy Ross Aug 1978
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Jun 1, 2007

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The trick is protecting in a way that doesn't use your intended hand hold on the crux.... I used a finger-sized cam in the key, hand hold which left room for the hand....

Basically you start up a delicate corner till you need to move left to get in to the layback corner.... At this point you fish in a piece of gear and move left using a very uncomfortable handjam (though I've heard of other ways to do it, the jam feels secure, if painful)....
After that, it's a breeze up the corner with good gear, good jams, and cruiser layback moves (this section makes you wish the route was longer) to the top.... Belay from gear, or way back to a good tree....


The obvious, left-facing corner toward the right side of the cliff.... Follow the corner to the top....


A small rack of cams and nuts....

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By Anna C.
From: VT
Aug 4, 2010

This is a great climb and an awesome way to finish up the Hotter Than Hell to Inferno link-up if you are solid on 5.9 - a few steps through the woods and there it is. It also seems to be easier if you are short (!).
By Theriault
From: Quebec, Quebec
May 21, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This is a sick route! to bad its so short!!! I still give it 4 stars!
By Sprax Lines
From: Brookline, MA
Sep 14, 2014

Gear beta: I placed a red-yellow offset Alien in the first 'key' 3-finger hold *after* using it to pull into an OK stemming-lieback stance with my right hand above it. A red Alien or .4 Camalot might have been good enough, but the offset sank in deeper, as they often do in pin scars. I plugged the beginning of the overlap with two Camalots (.75 and 1), which still left plenty of room to lie-back off the undercling (no jamming until near the top). The remaining placements seemed obvious, even when placing them from a lieback -- no blind placements necessary.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Sep 15, 2014

Pin scars ???
By petr07
Aug 10, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fantastic short route. Definitely the way to finish up HTH->Inferno if you're comfortable on 5.9 liebacks.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Oct 10, 2015

October 2015. Wasps in the upper corner.

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