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Difficulties be Damned 

YDS: 5.14a French: 8b+ Ewbanks: 32 UIAA: X+ ZA: 32 British: E8 7a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13d French: 8b Ewbanks: 31 UIAA: X ZA: 32 British: E8 7a [details]
FA: Jay Conway, June 22, 2013
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: jason conway on Jul 1, 2013

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Joining highway 61. Photo by Freddie


This route is basically a direct start to the Soft Iron aid route. Start as for the second pitch of Highway 61. Climb up the corner using all kinds of techniques to a shake (around 13b to be here). Get as much back as possible and launch into a long series of hard moves. Join the Soft Iron Route, gain the hanging crack, and enjoy 5.12a climbing to rejoin the very top of Highway 61.

Absolutely awesome climbing.


5 bolts and 5 pieces of gear (3 finger size, 1 small nut, and a .5 camalot)

Photos of Difficulties be Damned Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The lower corner of the route. Photo by John Chepe...
The lower corner of the route. Photo by John Chepe...
Rock Climbing Photo: Shot from the approach trail. Photo by Tim Jones
Shot from the approach trail. Photo by Tim Jones

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By M Sprague
From: New England
Jul 1, 2013

Congratulations, Jay! That is some impressive focus and will power. The route looks amazing, a lot more steepness and features than I was picturing. Knowing you, I am sure it is not "easy" for the grade too.
By S. Neoh
Jul 1, 2013

Congrats, Jay. Great to see fatherhood has not slowed you down!!
All the best,
By WillCarey
Jul 1, 2013

Psyched for you Jay
By JChepes
From: West Ossipee, NH
Jul 1, 2013

Awesome! What's next?
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jul 1, 2013

I'm going to drag him out to Green's. He has put me off for two years while he worked on this thing ;) It looks like it was worthy though.
By James Otey
From: NH
Jul 1, 2013

Yeah Jay!!!
By Joe Terravecchia
Jul 12, 2013

Nice work Chief! That's one proud line.
By Bill Morse
Jul 24, 2013

Jay - Right on! The greatest amount of congratulations and admiration; your achievement on this one really stands out for me. I hope that I can someday have the skills, the guns, the balls, and the tenacity to climb it myself. Nice work.
By Julien Bourassa-Moreau
Oct 7, 2013
rating: 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a

Intricate climbing on a aestetic piece of rock! Complex sequences, technical and powerful. Progressively harder sections of unique climbing separated by weird rests to a tricky 12- finish above the overhang (I fell off at the top once... TABAR!..) .It's a gem! Very nice one Jay!

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