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Plate Tectonics 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Hancock, Carandany, Weber and Weber, 2005
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Submitted By: Jeff Mekolites on Nov 19, 2007

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Plates, yes. But steepness delivers a pump at the ...

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Another classic...a tricky start leads to pumpy plate pulling pleasure...Yeah!


Middle route on the wall.


6 bolts/anchors

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Lloyd working up Plate Tectonics.
Lloyd working up Plate Tectonics.
Mike on Plate Tectonics (5.9+).
BETA PHOTO: Mike on Plate Tectonics (5.9+).
Near the anchors
Near the anchors
Belayer observes as climber leads the final moves
Belayer observes as climber leads the final moves

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By jaysquared
From: Madison, WI
Aug 3, 2008

Fun route, but I think it's closer to 50ft, not 70...
By Peter L K
From: Cincinnati, OH
May 26, 2009

I think this route and Gettin' Lucky are both overrated.
By adrenalated
From: Denver, CO
Oct 19, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

The first few moves are greasy and sequential enough to call 5.10a. The overhanging plate haul at the top is a blast!
By saxfiend
From: Decatur, GA
May 16, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Great climbing! The start is the hardest part, especially if you're short. From there, it's pumpy and loads of fun.
By Felix Duvallet
Jun 2, 2010

Very polished, especially at the start.
By S. Neoh
Oct 5, 2010

The start is now polished beyond belief. 10c start to 5.9 climbing. Stick clip is advisable if you are not solid at the mid 5.10 grade.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Oct 25, 2010

stick clip is nearly mandatory on this- the start isnt that hard- one move, but you could break your ankles if you blew it.
By Ben C
From: Portland, OR
Nov 27, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

greasy start, definitely too much rubber on those holds. after that though, its EXCELLENT climbing. great jug haul. five stars for sure.
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