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Nitrogen Narcosis 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Doug Cairns and Bob Scarpelli, 1978
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Submitted By: David A. Turner on Aug 17, 2002

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This route is located on Nautilus' "backside", just left of Ted's Trot and 40 feet right of Hairlip. This worthwhile route starts out as a wide layback, rounds a corner to a no hands bivy, and then gets down to business.

Good hand jams with interesting footwork take you to the big pod, which is better than it looks. Get good gear in and then do the crux. By this time, I was experiencing the route's namesake. But I seem to breath this hard on most Vedawoo routes.


Small assortment of nuts and cams from 3/4" to #5 Camalot. Multiples for hands. Chain anchor.

Photos of Nitrogen Narcosis Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Erin working the route.
Erin working the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Keegan Wilson climbing. Photo: Dave Fiourcci.
Keegan Wilson climbing. Photo: Dave Fiourcci.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rachel grunting it out for the cover of Top Rope M...
Rachel grunting it out for the cover of Top Rope M...
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up the first half of the climb (with a me...
Starting up the first half of the climb (with a me...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dane so close to sending it made my glazzies bleed...
Dane so close to sending it made my glazzies bleed...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing the route.
Climbing the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kellen getting into the hate
Kellen getting into the hate
Rock Climbing Photo: A bit of the old ultra-violence.
A bit of the old ultra-violence.
Rock Climbing Photo: Old man Mannix showing us how it gets done.
Old man Mannix showing us how it gets done.

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By Anonymous Coward
Sep 6, 2002

Sure I was tired but I got my ass handed to me on this one. I feel it to be harder than most of the other 11's at the Nautilus (most of which I have redpointed). Maybe I am suffering from a case of the wimpy's though. It is a great climb, tape then tape again and finally tape some more, you only need it for the last 5 feet.
By Andy Johnson
Mar 27, 2004

Short and stout. This is one unitimidating route that may catch you by surprise. The crux is short, like two moves, but really tough. Very fun and worth the effort. I personally would not bother to bring anything bigger than a #3 cam. Also there are some really good shakeout holds in the pod. Use them wisely. You will be happy you did. Have fun.
By Wade Griffith
Jan 15, 2006

Case of the wimpy's? Is that like the Mondays?
By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 19, 2006

Ah, a fellow fan of Office Space
Apr 10, 2006

Beautiful and fun moving. Do it at the end of the day and gawk at the gorgeous lichen all around it. Not as bad as some people here are making it out to be. One of the early lines here put up using Friends.

"This is one unitimidating route that may catch you by surprise."

Funny Story: A guy I know came to Vedauwoo knowing it's reputation for sandbags, lets call him Micah. Micah cruised this thing, reaching up to the final handjams about two feet above the pod, and cut his feet loose, hanging by one hand. He then began making monkey noises and outrageous claims that Vedauwoo 5.11's, or at least this one, were soft. After he was done making an idiot out of himself he put his feet back on and went to pull the next move, and he got shut the f&*% down, eventually falling off. I wasn't there, but when the story was recounted to me I laughed so hard I nearly died. To his credit, Micah has put down many a 5.11 crack and many a 5.12 sport climb, even a few 13's.
By Carolina
From: Farmington, nc
Nov 8, 2010
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Great climb. A must do in late afternoon when the suns shinning on it. A bit easier to me then other 11s around the Woo.

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