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Microskunks with Cholla Coats 

Microskunks with Cholla Coats 

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

Type:  Trad, 140'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Geir and Marcy
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Geir on Oct 11, 2009
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Geir on the FA. Note that bolts have been added a...


A long, thrilling, and sustained climb originally lead with no fixed hardware. Even with cleaning and the addition of several bolts, it is still a great experience for a solid trad leader.

Microskunks wanders up discontinuous weaknesses on the north face of Microskunk Tower. Start by climbing a thin crack on the right side of the face. The crack leads to series of bolts arching to the left. The short section of poor rock gives way to a great 2" crack in the middle of the face. Ascend the crack until it narrows and a bolt appears on your left. Traverse left at the bolt to an offwidth. Head up the offwidth until it ends, then move right to a final crack leading to the anchor.


See overview photo.


Doubles to #3 Camalot. One #4 Camalot protects the final crack before the ledge.

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Improbable start to a great line.
Improbable start to a great line.
EFR leading Microskunks with Cholla Coats
BETA PHOTO: EFR leading Microskunks with Cholla Coats
Jim having fun on Microskunks with Cholla Coats
Jim having fun on Microskunks with Cholla Coats
Geir smokes Microskunks (again!)
Geir smokes Microskunks (again!)
Arjun midway up the climb
Arjun midway up the climb
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By "Canada" Eric Ruljancich
From: Tucson, AZ / Vancouver, BC
Nov 2, 2009
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

A great, long, and fairly sustained climb. The crux moves are sweet!

By Marcy
From: Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Nov 8, 2009
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b

One of the earlier routes in LDE. Very sustained; seems more difficult each time I've been on it. The only route in LDE that doesn't top out (yet!).

By Jimbo
Apr 27, 2010

I can't praise this route enough. IMO the best route at LDE. Solid four stars.

Kudos to Geir for leading this ground up sans the bolts. Balls to the Walls! Thanks for adding the bolts to make if great fun for the rest of us.

By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 27, 2011

Marcy and I added a rap anchor to allow descent with a single 60m rope. It is on the far left side of the wall.

By arjunmh
From: Phoenix, AZ
Nov 19, 2012
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b

Finally got on this route and it does indeed have the best sustained climbing in LDE. Loved it! Nice job, again, Marcy & Geir.

By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Dec 31, 2012

Now available at REI. Get one while supplies last!

Microskunk ornament
Microskunk ornament