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Lord Caffeine 

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

Type: Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Urmas and Becky Franosch, Bruce Morris
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Submitted By: Nick Stayner on Aug 9, 2008
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A fine awkward and flaring right leaning crack climb. Depending on your strengths and weaknesses, you may find a different crux than your friends. I find all sections hard! Pants and long sleeves recommended.


Left end of the Tideline area in Olmstead. Look for the obvious right-leaning splitter in a section of black rock.


From fingers up to a #4 camalot.

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By Alexey
From: San Jose
Aug 24, 2009

One of my favorites. Mix of fingerlocks, heel -toes, tip layback and chicken wings.
Consists of 5 different parts.

First part is basically insecure face climb until you enter into wide section
Second part left side in short ow -10ft
Third exiting from wide part and relatively good fingers for average hands until you get good handjam rest just under the crux. This section can be hard for small fingers.
Forth : the crux of the route - two powerful moves very thin - tip layback until you get good fingerlock
Fifth : exit as chimney with chicken wings

This route take offset nuts very well. Took me 3 times until redpont. At first it was feeling that Lord Caffein is harder than Tideline, but not anymore

By Bob Rotert
Aug 9, 2010

Sweet route, felt like a SANDBAG to me! Take some caffine and have fun!!

By David Aguasca!
From: New York
Sep 14, 2010

The fingers crux, IMHO, is 5.11-...everything else is solid 5.10.

By Nick Stayner
From: The Magic City
Sep 10, 2012

I thought I heard something about how the first ascentionists wanted to rate this thing .11b. Then Bachar did it and told them it wouldn't be rated any harder than .10d in the Valley.... and that's the grade that stuck.

Might not be true, but it's kind of funny and I heard it from a couple of Bachar's pals when I lived out there.