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Gurka 

YDS: 5.12- French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12- French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
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Submitted By: Joe Collins on Oct 19, 2003

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Portions of Reservoir Wall are on private land and should not be climbed. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

This is a hard short climb just to the left of Raja. The grade isn't on the plague, so 12a is what I'd rate it. It has two very hard cruxes getting over the roofs with pumpy climbing in-between. The first roof felt the hardest to me, though it is more straight forward climbing. If you can do pull-ups on rattly fingers, then you're in business. The second roof takes some figuring out... there are some face holds and stems which make this doable. Pumpy ring locks lead to the anchors.

Protection 

1 Green alien, 1 yellow alien, 5 #1 friends, 2-3 #1.5 friends, 1 red camalot


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By Bill Ballace
From: Pullman,WA
Nov 21, 2007
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

If this is .12- then both Johnny Cat and Wild Cat are .12 because they are way harder. Of course it could just be the size of my digits.
By Alexey
From: San Jose
Nov 22, 2007

What is the size of your digits Bill?
By camhead
From: Vandalia, Appalachia
Jan 13, 2008

Since it is in a corner, and has some face holds around the second roof, this is one of the better climbs to really work on the difficult "baggy fingers" size; .5 camalots for normal fingered males.
By Bryan Gilmore
From: Your Mama
Mar 26, 2008

A very large "slice" of the wall has fallen off of this route- it is now considerably easier for smaller fingered folk...
By Corona
Oct 23, 2012

I can't say I agree with the above poster. While Gurkha may be soft for a 12a other places, I'd say it warrants at least a 12- if not 12b at the Creek. It's considerably harder than Johnny Cat, much harder than either Anunaki or Dos Hermanos, and a tiny bit harder than Six Fingered Man--considered 12a/b. It is a stellar line, and quite different from your standard IC splitter.