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Puff Daddy 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Bob D'Antonio, 2000
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Submitted By: Guy H. on Mar 15, 2003
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This route is located around the corner right of Oscar de la Cholla. Start in a moderate, right-facing corner with one bolt. Climb to the loose ledge and start the real climbing. The jamming crux is only two moves long, and the rest is 5.10 crack and chimney moves. A fun climb that would make a good trad climb if you were so inclined.


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By unk
Mar 23, 2003

There is no way the crux is just an .11d!!! unless You are at least 6'3" tall. If you wanna go on a .12 something, go ahead, have fun, but if you are lookin' for an .11d try something else.

By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Mar 26, 2003

I thought it was a tough move (I'm 6'4"), but my partner who is shorter (5'10") thought it was easy for a 5.11d. Go figure...

The key to moving through the overhanging crux is to dial in the correct body and foot position, which will be different depending on your hieght. Layback the pinch hold and make a high right hand jam to reach the jug at the third bolt.

By Anonymous Coward
Oct 14, 2004

This would be an easy eleven trad lead at many areas around the country. Those bomber finger locks amount to three-finger jugs for a crack climber. Great route.

By Kirk Woerner
Jan 1, 2005
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c

Awesome route. Not 11d IMO. Whatever it is, the crux is short (right off the ledge). Once you get the hand jam on the left it's over. Use hands in the right order, and stem high. But it IS crack climbing at Shelf

By Kevin Neilson
From: Boulder
Sep 5, 2008

I wouldn't say this route is an 11d. (I'm 6'1".) The crux is right above the legde, so if you fall you probably hit the ground. The rock is also sharp and the fingerlocks tight; my index finger was numb for quite a while after this climb. Watch out for all the loose rock on the ledge; I brought down a stone pulling the rope. Also, a cam would have been nice between the first two bolts. A shirt is recommended; I didn't wear one and scratched up my shoulders and scapula. All that said, I enjoyed the crack and stemming.

By germsauce
Dec 27, 2011

This is a fun route, the book gives it 11a/b, which may be the first few moves off of the ledge, but that's even a stretch, and you can rest all over this thing. I'm no sandbagger, but I'd honestly give it 10b/c. Harder, obviously if climbing cracks is foreign to you.

Watch for loose rock, a baseball-sized chunk fell out while I was on it.

By Jessica Pemble
From: Denver, CO
Jan 22, 2012
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c

I'm 5'3" and this definitely felt more like 11a or b. What a spectacular route! Fun! Thanks!

By Lucas79
From: Malden, MA
Jan 9, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

A standard rack up to #3 with double finger-sized pieces and you can sew this thing up...bring your rack! Short boulder problem off the ledge up to a 5.9 dihedral. Would prob be a 10b or 10c in most trad areas.