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Interstellar Overdrive 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E3 5c

Type: Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Berk brothers? bolted line: Ken Trout and Guy Lords, 1991
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jul 22, 2001
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Interstellar Overdrive starts in the corner system immediately left of Pseudo Bullet. A very tight and strenuous corner relents to fine face climbing with some exposure. This line was originally done on RPs with pins in the horizontal seams above, and one of those pins remains today. The climbing on Interstellar Overdrive was great, the stone excellent, and the pro as good as it gets. The old pin above seems solid; however, replacement with a 3/8" stainless steel bolt would ensure the longevity of this clip. This route was a gas, just don't give up the fight in the corner. Help is just-a-reach-away, and the corner does have some useful Gaston edges that crop up just when the feet seem the worse. If this route had been listed at 5.11c or d, I would have believed it.


QD only and something for the double bolt anchor at the top.

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By Darren O'Connor
Jun 2, 2011

I scratched and clawed and hmmd and hawwwd and grunted and groaned, on toprope, and was completely shut down on this climb. I can't imagine how you folks can get your feet to stick on that left face enough to do anything!

Getting completely shut down usually happens at 5.12a for me. I would put this route at least that hard.

By Dan Hickstein
Jan 27, 2013
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a

Incredible contorted moves through the flare! Highly recommended if you like awkward climbing.

I grunted as hard as I could on this one and just barely scraped by on the onsight. Seemed more like 11+ unless I was missing a hold or something. Great route, but be ready for a thrash-battle.