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Dextromethorphan 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Jonathan Bent on May 25, 2009

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"Dextromethorphan". Photo by Blitzo.

Description 

Fairly obvious thin crack/seam. Takes small nuts and the occasional cam. Lead is mixed, and encourages you to move to the left half way up the seam to a series of three final bolts. An unbolted lead would command an R or X rating due to marginal gear and unprotectable top half of climb.

Location 

Scramble up several boulders for 20-30 yards and belay from beneath large boulder that rests against climbing wall to the right. Start on face holds beneath thin seam/crack.

Protection 

Set of small nuts, cams to 0.75 Camalot, draws for up to 5 bolts.


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By JC w KC redux
May 28, 2013

I wish I had read this description before going up to do this climb - re the R or X on gear. The crack is great where it has features and placements but it blanks out repeatedly for gear and the holds disappear - necessitating very reachy, thin and committing moves. The 90 degree edge/corner that sticks out where the crack first blanks out isn't good for liebacking with no feet. I was contemplating a sketchy move on a blue alien in a shallow placement when I saw the 2nd bolt out to my left - about 6? feet from the crack. Leading with gear and the bolts might be okay with twin ropes. The bolts are quite spacious so I wandered back to the crack several times for backup gear. Long runners on either the bolts or the gear are essential to keep things in line if you use both(I used 4 footers). After bolt 3 I just ran it out to bolt 4. The features on the bolt line are nice but then you don't get the benefit of the crack. I felt like there were two distinct lines here - either the bolts or the crack - but the combo didn't work well. I'd like to do this one again.
By BAd
Apr 22, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I've climbed this a couple of times now and find the given description works well. Once the crack looks like the pro is giving out step over left for the final three bolts. I didn't find the change of line too much of a problem. The thin lower gear is stimulating, however! Small gear always spooks me.