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Cynthia's Hand Job 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Randy Aton
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Submitted By: Ian McEleney on Nov 27, 2010

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Description 

This fun route is a great way to finish up a day of cragging. It sees less action than the routes around the corner.

The first pitch is varied and ends at a bolted rap station on the edge of a brushy terrace.

The second pitch climbs the beautiful open book above. Mostly hands with some variety including a fist/OW section. It ends at a bolted rap station.

Rap the route with two 60m ropes or one 70m.

Location 

From the paved pullout just up canyon from Big Bend follow a faint trail up to the cliff. The second pitch dihedral is a good landmark.

Protection 

Doubles to #1 C4, triples of #2 and #3, one #4.


Photos of Cynthia's Hand Job Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Up-close shot of P1
BETA PHOTO: Up-close shot of P1
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down P2.  So good!
Looking down P2. So good!

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By Ryan Hill
From: Oakland, CA
Mar 2, 2013
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Beautiful second pitch, less aesthetic first pitch, but some fun moves. Not much of a trail to the base of this route, but the route itself is clear of loose rock.

I'd suggest a minimum of 4 #2s and 4 #3s for this route. It is a 100+ foot pitch and you'll place the #4 early on (a #5 is optional and a 2nd #4 wouldn't hurt if you are thin in the 2-3" cam size). With 4 X #2,#3 I had placements spaced a bit further out than I would have liked. Still, it went and the gear was good, so perhaps I'm just scared. I would say the suggested rack would get most folks a little nervous.

Great way to end the day at Big Bend.
By Gargano
From: Oakland, CA
Apr 2, 2013

One 70m will get you down in two raps.
By Ray Hellinger
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 25, 2015

Loved this route. The first pitch is much better than it looks from the road. The 2nd pitch is amazing. Take a #4 and #5 camalot for the short o/w section. I took 4x #2s and that seemed ok. FYI, if your partner wants a gear anchor at the base of P2 (it's just a little exposed) then you will need another #4 and #5 camalot.
By Ryan Arnold
Apr 20, 2015
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Incredible 2nd pitch. About as hard as Supercrack, but a bit longer, with sharper edges, and heavier on the #2 camalots. If you want to protect every 10 feet bring at least six #2, plus some #3-4.

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