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Le Pincher 

YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
FA: Bob D'Antonio, '87
Season: fall-winter-spring
Page Views: 1,073
Submitted By: Mike Anderson on Feb 26, 2007

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This route climbs the vertical plaque of rock right of Ice Cream Hangover. It doesn't look terribly appealing, what with the variety of bolts, runouts and no chalk, however it actually climbs pretty nice. I don't blame you if you don't want to try this thing ground up, but it's easy enough to rig a toprope from Ice Cream Hangover.

The climbing is pretty easy (11-?) but intimidating with very cool moves up to the obvious roof. The well-protected crux sequence starts here with some powerful to balancy moves getting over the roof and beyond.

Supposedly, this was one of the earliest routes at the Bank and is still one of the hardest. It deserves more traffic than it's getting...probably a couple more bolts at the start would fix that. Whaddayathink, Bob?


This is just right of Ice Cream Hangover, which is just right of the Weather Wall at the Bank.


4 bolts, maybe some trad gear for the start.

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By Mirthe van Liere
Jan 28, 2013

Climbed this route yesterday.
It has an interesting, fun crux.
It definitely deserves more traffic. Maybe that an extra bolt at the start and changing the one-bolt to a two-bolt anchor will help.
By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Jan 13, 2014

Bolts and anchor (now 2 bolts) updated with stainless ASCA hardware during the Shelf Anchor Replacement Weekend.
Permission has been given by Bob D. to add a bolt or two to the start, I will update when that has been done.
By Ben Sebald
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 8, 2015

Got on it for two goes yesterday. Was close, but didn't finish the crux. I was wondering if it was Le Pincher and found this video which confirmed it.

Got to get back on it!
By Skyler B
Mar 13, 2015

Cool to see somebody found my video! Cool little route. Found a scorpion underneath it right before the send go! Hit this up if you're on Surreal Estate and are looking for something a tad bit harder.
By Ben Sebald
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 30, 2015

Yeah, it's a good shot of the crux move.
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