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Semi Tough 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Mike Lechlinski, Mari Gingery, John Yablonski, Charles Cole, Dean Fidelman, 10/79.
Page Views: 1,114
Submitted By: Randy on Jan 1, 2002

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Richard Shore on Semi Tough 5.10d

Description 

This fine thin crack lies on the right-hand section of the north end of Gateway Rock. Approach by walking into Real Hidden Valley, turn left at the "T" intersection, and after about 100 feet, turn to your left. You will see Semi Tough as the left of 2 very thin cracks/seams on an otherwise smooth north facing block. Head left in a wash, then up boulders to the base.

An awkward (balancy) thin crack/ramp start leads to finger locks to thin hands to hand crack. Descend off the back then down and to the right.

Protection 

Thin to 2 inches. Pro is bomber and easily placed.


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Climber on Semi-Tough (5.10d)
Climber on Semi-Tough (5.10d)
Richard Shore leading Semi Tough 5.10d
Richard Shore leading Semi Tough 5.10d
Semi-Tough. Photo by Audrey. 18 Jan 2014.
Semi-Tough. Photo by Audrey. 18 Jan 2014.

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By Tim Bui
May 6, 2003

Fun climb! Solid all the way up and protects really well.
By C Miller
Administrator
Jan 13, 2004
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

An engaging climb that protects well with mostly wires (RP's or equivalent are handy at the start). Nothing larger than a red Camalot should be needed for the anchor. I'd maybe choose 5.10d/11a for a rating but it's not available as an option.
By Josh Beck
Nov 28, 2004
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Good fun, bouldery at the start, excellent rock. Too bad it isn't longer!
By John Dubrawski
Apr 2, 2007
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

I was always told this was 11a, but I see it here it is a 10d concensus. Seems about right.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Apr 2, 2007
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

It might be 11a... but only if it is too easy to be 10d, if you know what I mean! I kept waiting on a crux there- it was over quickly before I was even really looking for it. So you may be right- perhaps we should downgrade it from 10d to 11a?
By Ryan Kelly
From: work.
Feb 2, 2009
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Like everyone else who commented, I thought it was cruiser 5.10 climbing that had me wishing it was longer the whole time... all except for the part where I got beat down, hanging on gear, crying for my mommy.
By Ryan Kelly
From: work.
Apr 15, 2010
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Always feels good to re-try something that kicked your ass and find that it's not so bad. Not sure what my problem was last time; the holds are all there, and they're pretty good...
By Simon Hatfield
From: Oakland, CA
Apr 27, 2012

I laughed at Tony B's comment, quite the astute observation. I didn't think this one deserved the upgrade in the new Miramontes guide - i found it "techier" than Imaginary Voyage, for example, but no more difficult.

This route has more of a "downclimb" than a "walkoff". I headed down climber's left, which worked ok, at 4th+