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Lowrider 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Sport, 45'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Louie Anderson (1998)
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Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Sep 30, 2008

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  • Description 

    Steep, sequential and pumpy. Diagonal up and right past the crux. Easier climbing then leads to a large ledge.

    Location 

    The first of 4 closely spaced routes encountered on the right when walking up the Grotto from the descent Gully.

    Protection 

    3 bolts to 2 open shuts. Not a bad route to stick clip.


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    By tony bird
    Jan 19, 2015

    Never liked this route. An alleged 10b harder than most of the 10c's at Echo. Not bolted right either--second bolt should be a bit higher, third bolt is superfluous--the climb is over when you can palm that ledge. Awkward handholds and not much for feet, you can waste a lot of time on this little climb, and if you finally get it, you'll find that it doesn't call you back. But it sure looks tempting for first-timers.
    By Benjamin Chapman
    From: Small Town, USA
    Mar 8, 2015
    rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

    Tony sure has the beta on "Low Rider" dialed in. Definitely a sandbag at 5.10b and his witty prose about the route NOT calling you back is profoundly dead on.
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