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Tim Slater working on Sheer Stress.
Critical Mass starts with the 5.10a face/crack Sheer Stress (the holds on this section are polished so it's a bit trickier than it'd normally be). From the anchors continue up and right past six more bolts to an anchor. The crux comes 2/3 of the way to the top at a large bulge. I found all of the clipping stances to be a bit reachy although with quickdraws hung they would be much better.
This route feels like a series of linked boulder problems, in that there are a few tricky sections followed by excellent rests.
The top of the climb ends with a fun series of slab moves and you can continue up the final pitch of Red Eye (5.10c) to the top of the wall.
In the middle of the Red Wall. Start at the bolt line a few feet climber's left of the tree in the middle of the wall.
Quickdraws and a 60m rope are really all that's needed, although I found a place for a yellow Alien near the bottom; a couple of pieces of this size might be good for piece of mind. There are 3 bolts before the intermediate anchors and then 6 more before reaching the top.
front and center starting about 25 feet up past th...
|Comments on Critical Mass
|By Adam Therneau|
Jun 1, 2007
This is a great, varied climb. It makes for a great fully bolted sport pitch by linking it with Thai Stick. Only drawback is the bolt placements; a few are in awkward, hard to reach spots.
|By Ian G.|
From: PDX, OR
Apr 18, 2010
I think combining this with Thai Stick for the start is the way to go. A long runner before you launch into the overhang is a good idea.
Sep 20, 2012
Great climb, awkward cruz makes you think, safe falls, NOT POLISHED:)