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Death of a Cowboy 

YDS: 5.13- French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ British: E7 6c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ British: E6 6c [details]
FA: Petro & Gnade
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Mar 14, 2010
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Death of a Cowboy is a five-star route with a great boulder problem start followed by one of the best 100' stretches of 5.10 hands in the creek. The in-your-face opening demands powerful moves on first knuckle locks with crap for feet to a total hero move to a jug. Standing on this jug provides a nice rest and time to soak up the glory of the send before tackling overhanging hands to vertical wide hands forever.


A few green and yellow Aliens for the start, then a couple #1 Camalots protect transitioning to the hand crack. The hand crack itself is #2 and #3 Camalots all the way. A 70m rope is necessary to reach the ground.

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By D-Storm
Apr 25, 2012

It seems the difficulty of the boulder problem could be a bit height dependent, but not in the usual sense. My friend is a couple inches taller than me, about 6-foot, and much more powerful but he couldn't seem to handle the first hard move, while I stuck it every time. It must still be doable for the tall folks, though, because I've seen a picture of Clay Cahoon on it, and that guy is tall! (I don't know if he sent or not, but knowing the kind of climber he is, I'm sure he did.)

By Brad G
From: Yosemite and else where
Oct 29, 2012

A great route to try if you're looking to break into 5.13. Four #3 camolots would be comfortable for the top.