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Freaky Face 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Tommy Deutchler
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Submitted By: John W. Knoernschild on Jul 11, 2007

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The Gentleman giving it a TR burn.


This is a classic climb. A face climb with 2 variations. The 5.10a being the rightmost climb. There is a 5.8 variation on the left of the face.


30 ft to the right of curving crack. Just before the bluff turns to the east.


There is not many spots to place pro on this climb.

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Freaky Face 5.10a
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Rudy on the opening moves of "Freaky Face&quo...
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By John W. Knoernschild
From: Wisconsin
Jul 3, 2008

FA ?? Steve seems to have a pretty good memory. What do you think Steve?
By Steve Sangdahl
From: eldo sprngs,co
Jul 6, 2008

john ,my memory is losing it on this one ....I beleive it was 1st done by a young tommy d.
By Paul Campbell
From: Waukesha, WI
Oct 20, 2008
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

The right hand side is definitely harder than 5.10a, the guidebook says 5.10d and I would have to agree.

Left side is a fun little 5.8
By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Apr 12, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun little climb, and surprisingly has good gear if you find it right. Straight up the face we figured was in the 5.9 range.
By waxisgood
From: Milwaukee, WI
Jun 11, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

very good gear and a wonderful climb.
By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Jul 6, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Definitely a well protected lead with the right gear. All the gear is there but you just can't fathom it being there from dow below! Give this route a shot. Start on left side and traverse right about halfway up and continue straight up for 5.9. For 5.10+ don't traverse right and just fire straight up along the left side.
By Doug Hemken
Jul 14, 2013

The oak tree at the base of "Swillbillies" has a dead limb pointing toward "Freaky Face". There is an active bee's nest inside the dead limb ... a couple of people got stung yesterday.

Doesn't seem to effect "Swillbillies."
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