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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'
Original:  YDS: 5.14a French: 8b+ Ewbanks: 32 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

Description 

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.

Protection 

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
Administrator
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,
-Soon
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
Administrator
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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