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Reason To Be 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Greg Collum and Matt Kerns 1988
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Submitted By: Bryson Slothower on Mar 17, 2006

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Climb the arete to the right of Tale of Two Shitties using the arete and crimps. The climbing and rock are excellent, the bolts are a bit spaced making it a lil' scary. Bolts anywhere other than where they are would be extremely hard to clip. Perhaps a bit hard for the grade (aren't all 10.d's at Smith?)


to the right and below Tale of Two Shitties.



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By mark d
Apr 3, 2006

one of the best 5.10 aretes at smith. well worth the walk.
By bryans
Jun 19, 2006

sweet climb. you'll wish it was longer, though you'll probably be pumped as it is. would be a "name" climb if it was on the frontside.
By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Sep 24, 2006
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Good climb but the bolt placements are pretty bad in my opinion. For both the second and third bolts I found stances a few feet below them that would've made much better places to clip from. It's nice and spicy though, which can be fun.

I actually felt that the crux came at the last couple of moves before the jugs at the top, just after clipping the final bolt. All the holds up there seem to be sidepulls making for a couple of delicate smears.

Also, as of Sept. 23rd, 2006 all of the bolts were spinners.
By peachy spohn
Jun 27, 2011

An amazing arete with very fun moves. I think the new Watts guide is correct with the grade of .11a. Highly recommended.
By Jon Golle
From: Tacoma, Wa
Aug 17, 2015

I found the first bolt to be loose. The hanger was spinning and the bolt was moving in the hole.
By Phildlm
Mar 24, 2016
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Agreed. This isn't a 10d. It's an 11a. There are easier 11a's in the park for sure. It's pumpy and requires excellent footwork. I think this is one of those routes that puts your footwork to the test. It also puts your finger pads to the test with pretty small and sharp right hand holds on the face.

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