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Epiphany, The 
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Speaking In Tongues 
Spring Loaded 
Worshipping The Limestone Gods 

Natural Born Drillers 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Nad & Goss
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Apr 23, 2012
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This is the first route at the Cathedral and one of the longest - it takes a traversing line linking great natural features before busting straight up to the rim for the final few clips. Several cruxes and good rests comprise this wonderful pump-fest.

Begin as for Speaking in Tongues (by far a more popular route - though it shouldn't be) on the right side of the cave. A difficult undercling move that isn't so bad if you can stay glued to the glassy feet leads to better holds. There's a shallow no-hands knee bar before the route moves right where Tongues moves left. Here you must pass two very poorly placed bolts - they are too low and too far to the right of the climbing, making the clips difficult and the climbing unsettling. In any case, move right to a huge hueco, then right again to a smaller, but perhaps better one that is home to an abandoned peregrine nest. Hope that there is a long sling on the next bolt as you move up on some cobbles in a shallow depression on the wall. A few more moves up and right around an arete-like feature lead to a great stance and opportunity for complete recovery. Easy stemming up a corner culminates in a big move to a good hole, and another rest before the final run to the chains: This section is steep and uncharacteristically crimpy, but it also has the nicest rock. The anchor is tough to clip.

Use a 70m cord and when you lower redirect through a midway chain anchor to land on the starting platform. With a shorter rope you'll need to lower twice using the aforementioned anchor.


16 bolts or so?

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