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Erin Keeley on the Sicilian
This route is located on the left aspect of the Scarface wall about 50 feet to the right of the splitter Scarface. It is recognized as a chalked up series of changing corners with a #0.5 Camalot crack inside. It is a relatively short climb with anchors about 50 to 60 feet high. As is the case with many Indian Creek corners, Sicilian may be jammed or laybacked. I used a combination of these 2 techniques. The crux comes at mid-height where one must negotiate an obvious change in the corner's direction using difficult finger-stacking jams. Once through this section, "cruise" to the finish on thin hands jams. An exciting an strenuous route! It's 2-star rating is only due to the length. The book rated it 5.11, but I feel that 5.11+ is more appropriate. Have fun!
This route takes #0.5 Camalots very well. Bring 5 pieces in that size range. A couple #0.75 Camalots may also go in. TCUs are helpful for the start and a #1 Camalot or 2.5 Friend will protect the finishing thin-hands crack. There is a good double-bolt anchor at the finish.
Louis styling the bottom big fingers lieback...
The "Sicilian" ringlock style
DK on the Sicilian
DK leading. This was a slippery bastard.
Eric Z past the chaning corners making easy work o...
Brian H finishing up for the afternoon
Conor, just beginning to feel the pain of this fin...
|By Josh Beck|
May 13, 2003
I agree - very burly. I'm not great on burly liebacks so this was very hard for me - about comparable to Fingers In A Lightsocket, 11+ is fair.
|By Max Schon|
Nov 11, 2003
I've seen this route and Scarface graded the same in some guide books. I think that only holds true if you have little sausage fingers, meaning the baggy fingers on Sicilian feel bomber to you and the short section of tight hands on Scarface feel hard to you. I have average fingers and think that if Sicilian is 5.11b, then Scarface is 5.10+.
|By Jason Haas|
From: Broomfield, CO
Apr 23, 2006
I recommend #2 camalots over #1's for the top section. It was more like a combination of hands and thin hands for the top. I'd also agree with the 5.11+ grading. It felt harder than most 5.11s I've done in the Creek and felt only slightly easier than Coyne Crack, even with the cheating layback tactic.
|By Kole DeCou|
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 31, 2007
This route for me is considerably easier than Scarface (I have large fingers). It's basically perfect locks the whole way with good rests. If you have big hands don't hesitate to jump on it.
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 31, 2008
Agree with 11+. The changing corners is tough to get the foot up on finger stacks. Harder than it looks, with plenty of off-fingers. Red metolius is bomber for the changing corners. Nice route.
From: SL UT
Feb 2, 2009
FA- Scott Carson
|By Zac Robinson|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 24, 2009
FA- Scott Carson
off fingers... of course! good line Scott!
May 26, 2009
i find this one very difficult. bad size, changing corners, slippery, no contours or irregularities to dig your thumb tips into. i actually find this one considerably harder than coyne crack, johnny cat, or slice and dice, etc. a lot of climbing in such a short pitch.