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Our Piece of Real Estate 

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

   
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Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: John Fantini and Greg Davis
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Submitted By: Charles Vernon on Oct 6, 2001

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Two stars, but (because?) varied and highly worthwhile. Is variously rated 5.10+ or 5.11-; I concurred with the latter but it may be that the grade feels magnified by the necessity of placing much gear, as the crux presents a fall onto a block if not sewn up.

Walk past Battle of the Bulge, Black Corner, Quarter of a Man, Jane Fonda's Total Body Workout, etc. until you reach a massive RF corner, which is easily identified by the long, horrifying wide crack Big Baby, staring at you from the left wall. Our Piece of Real Estate starts in a corner itself. Scramble (low 5th class) up an easy corner, and clamber onto the block where the hard climbing starts. An interesting sequence uses the splitter rattly fingers crack on the left wall combined with super-thin fingers in the actual corner. Continue with somewhat pumpy thin hands in a flare, to a great rest, then stem out to a nice wide hands crack on the right wall which leads to the anchors.

Note: you can use a 60-M rope, but the person being lowered MUST stop atop the initial low-5th class section and downclimb. I was waited to do the climb while a person from the party ahead of us was dropped nearly into my lap (from about 10 feet up) because the rope went through his belayer's atc!

Protection 

Bring one 1.5 friend, two-three #2 friends, several 2.5 friends, and several 3.5 friends for the final hand/fist crack. A couple tcus may be useful for the transition to the final crack.


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Me getting a no-hands rest!
past the crux on our piece of the real estate
past the crux on our piece of the real estate

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Feb 28, 2002
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

The route's overall grade, and it's seminal climbing might be only 10+, but the weird thin moves at the bottom have spit off more than one strong climber. I left an extra rope behind me and had 2 people follow- both had trouble there. WHile this may not be what you remember about the route (which I feel is a GREAT route!), it earns it the 11a in my book.

By Dan St. John
From: Castle Rock
Sep 24, 2002

I give it 11a. The length of the route ups the grade. This is one of my favorit routes and is varied to boot.
By Anthony Everhart
Jun 1, 2003

I rap' d the route on a 60m and got to the ground just barely. The crux, getting off the block, might be hard but the climb is easy after that if you use the corner. I used it at the start and just kept using it scoring no hands rests throughout the flaired section. Just before the wide hands section, (black rock empires work well) there is a huge foot hold to the left. A good 10+ if your out of shape or have been climbing to many days in a row. A. Everhart
By Greg Davis
Nov 26, 2006

F.A. John Fantini and Greg Davis
By Nathan Furman
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 20, 2007

The thin start can be lied back for those not wishing to subject their knuckles to the ring locks. Sure, placing gear is a bit strenuous, but once again the "technique of no technique" finds an application.
By Steven Lucarelli
From: Moab, UT
Apr 16, 2007
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

I would give the start of this route 11- but this route is much easier than Jane Fonda.
By Tavis Ricksecker
From: Bishop, ca
Nov 26, 2007
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

I laid the beginning back, and I definately felt way more gripped trying to flash this thing than I did on Crack Attack that same day. I missed the key finger lock out right and almost popped off getting into the flare with my pro beneath my feet.. a certain ledge fall at that point... But I didn't pop. 11- seems fair to me.
By Jonas Wiklund
Dec 12, 2007

I climbed this one straight in in the left crack. It felt really really hard. 5.11 for sure, to call that 10+ is just retarded. Maybe there is some better beta though?
By Matt Desenberg
From: North Berwick, ME
Nov 11, 2008

Definitely .11a to the thin hands, but not harder. I've done several creek .10+s that were much easier.
By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Dec 28, 2008

Good first .11 at the creek for most. Definitely .11- for a short section at the beginning.
By claramie
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 16, 2009

Sustained .75 in an offset at the start gives this route the 11- rating and I agree. Above there, the route is excellent 1s, 2s, and 3s to the chains. Really fun!
By ccmski
From: Prescott, AZ
Nov 19, 2009
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

Short crux (which can be done a few diff. ways) at the beginning gives way to ok climbing above- thin through cupped hands.