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Question Authority 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12- French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Alan Nelson
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Submitted By: Alan Nelson on Jul 25, 2001

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The crux lunge.

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This almost qualifies as a bolted boulder problem. Interesting, thin moves run straight up past the bolts. You can come in from the right, but it sets up better from below on the left. To quote Mark Rolofson's description: "Short, but sweet".


Three bolts to a pair of anchor bolts with chains.

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By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Mar 5, 2002

Pretty hard. Thin, long reaches. Stiff.
By Sam Benedict
From: Denver, CO
Aug 1, 2006
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Hardest 12a I've been on.
By Joshua Merriam
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 2, 2008
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Short, and the moves are hard.

Not a gimme 12 even though it's only a few moves.
By GeoffElson
Apr 9, 2011
rating: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Super short but the movement is really fun. The third clip is a bit scary, it's a stretch for me at 5'9", decking is a real possibility on a blown clip. Hanging draws makes it a lot safer and easier.
By Stephen Palermo
Aug 13, 2011
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Felt hard for a 12a, but I can't give it a 12b. Definitely did not want to fall before the 3rd bolt.
From: Eldorado Springs, CO
Nov 7, 2015
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Thought I had done Chaos in a few tries, until I got home and logged into MP. I knew something was amiss when the description for Chaos said: "crimpy wall with a long reach off an undercling." No underclings on Question Authority, and it felt way too easy for 13a. Still fun, and pretty stiff for 12a.

The crux move off of the tiny side-pull is static if you set your right foot correctly. Now I have to go back and see what Chaos is all about.

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