|Consensus:||YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]|
|FA:||A. Miller, J. Smith, 2005|
|Submitted By:||Anthony Stout on Mar 8, 2006|
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By Aaron Miller
From: Santa Fe, NM
Mar 13, 2006
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
The start to the left is for a new route called "Evolution", which is rated 12c overall. However, this start is solid 12b through the bulge and 11+ through the huge roof flake where you can veer right and finish on "Lucy". This will allow one to "wuss out" of the spectacular but very hard 12c (thin and powerful) face finish of Evolution (very generously bolted).
After you pull Lucy's 12a crux, 60 feet off the ground, the 5.11- upper dihedral section is runout 5.7 for about 15 feet. However, the route quickly regains an appropriate density of bolts when the climbing gets harder than 5.7.
There is also a third, but less obvious variation to the same start as Lucy and Cro-Magnon. After the first bulge-crux where you cop a stem-rest under the roof, head up right past the next bolt and then traverse hard right(5.9) under the roof. This will get you on the sweet upper 11d face section of Neanderthal ( this variation properly titled "Meanderthal"). Back clean the draw at the stem-rest and use two long runners for the easy traverse.