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Hammer Master 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Trad, TR, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Rich Bechler
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Submitted By: Alex A on Jul 9, 2010

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The juggy handrail and Vince's mohawk.


Starts on Hammer Case, for a few feet then traverse left about 3 to 4ft, to thin crack,


Hammer Wall


think its been lead, small gear,

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Rock Climbing Photo: Rhoads moving along on the crimps below the crack.
Rhoads moving along on the crimps below the crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rhoads.
Rock Climbing Photo: Is the corner on here?
BETA PHOTO: Is the corner on here?

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By Burt Lindquist
From: Madison, WI
Jul 14, 2011

Nick Rhoads? Have you led Hammer Master yet? Just wondering..
By Tradoholic
Jul 14, 2011
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R

Nope no lead yet. BTW, I think the proper way to start this is left of the jug start to Hammer Case and Meat Hammer.
By Burt Lindquist
From: Madison, WI
Jul 14, 2011

Yes- agreed.. I have allways started Hammer Master from the left base of the wall. Just around the corner to the right of Stettne's Overhang corner. This climb has gear and is leadable... just a little sketchy at the start... first 20 feet.
By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Jul 14, 2011

I've wanted to lead this. The spots for gear look slightly flaring and not really good until about 20 feet up?
By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Aug 10, 2011
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a

This is a fun little route and definitely easier than it's neighbors to the right. The lead would be a tricky one. The gear is ok, but run-out, and leaves little room for error.
By Tradoholic
Aug 11, 2011
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R

I believe this traverses on the hand rail to the corner, pulls up, then back right on crimps? It seems going directly up the face without the left corner would be very hard.

Pro is good in the hand rail 12ft up then a small cam in a horizontal seam a bit higher, ground fall potential is very high if one falls while trying to place the micro cam. I will have to wire it better to lead it.
By Tradoholic
Oct 1, 2011
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R

The lead is pretty hairy. There's a bomber C4 #1 in the horizontal then placing a micro cam (#00 Metolious) at full extension blindly in a tricky slot. I also got a #1 Ballnut for piece of mind in between those two pieces and used double ropes in case the micro cam blew.

For shorter folk it might take pulling the crux before being able to place the micro cam, or a lock off on crimps.

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