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Possum Lips 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Tom Fyffe, Charles Tabor, 1992
Season: dry weather
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Submitted By: Tony B on Oct 6, 2006

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Katie on Possum Lips.


The crux of this climb depends upon your strengths and may have changed over time. The small holds were getting smaller in the mid 1990's and I suspect may have continued to do so.
This route was named after a semi-local climber at the time and who might not have been so well liked by the FA party (?). I don't know the complete story and never asked.
Climb up a low angle slab with small and sloping holds to reach the anchor, all the while admiring the big pockets to your left on Fuzzy Undercling.


From the left branch of the approach trail you first encounter the "triplet" climbs,Sunshine, Moonbeam, and Into the Light. While these are at your right shoulder you can look further on to the routes on a massive overhanging buttress. These are (from right to left) Fuzzy Undercling, Tissue Tiger, Gung Ho, and Reliquary. To the right of these there is a huge, wide inset, which just within and on the left side of which there is a bolted slab, Possum Lips.


5 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Possum Lips
Possum Lips
Rock Climbing Photo: Brendan on Possum Lips.
Brendan on Possum Lips.
Rock Climbing Photo: Possum Lips
Possum Lips
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on possum lips on a wet day...
Me on possum lips on a wet day...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fall colors approaching.
Fall colors approaching.
Rock Climbing Photo: I love low angle face climbing...
I love low angle face climbing...
Rock Climbing Photo: Possum Lips
Possum Lips
Rock Climbing Photo: Bradley K. clipping during Rocktoberfest.
Bradley K. clipping during Rocktoberfest.
Rock Climbing Photo: Start to Possum Lips
Start to Possum Lips

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By Erik Pohlman
From: Westminster, CO
Jan 1, 2007
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Good rock, no runouts.
By Dmadison
From: SLC
Apr 24, 2013
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Keep an eye out for the smiley face drawn in blood just below the anchors :)
By AndyJohnson
From: Alexandria, VA
Oct 22, 2013
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

As of October 10, 2013, the anchor consists of only one bolt with a chain and rap ring. There is an empty hole where the second bolt used to be.
By Stephenmontgomery
From: Maryland
Oct 18, 2015
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Sustained climbing. Fun clipping position for the third bolt. Thin face with up to a pretty gnarly crux at the second "ledge" I would definitely say the crux is gaining that ledge.

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