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Smilin' the Hard Way 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a PG13

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Romano, Gottlieb, Marcovallo, 1990
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Submitted By: Sean Nelb on Feb 16, 2013

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Description 

Exciting and improbable! This line climbs the blank face to the right of the CCK crack finish.

From the GT Ledge at the second pitch of CCK, climb up fairly moderate terrain into a small right-facing corner, right of the CCK Direct line. Exit the corner (5.10, with some spaced gear) up and left to a stance at a deep horizontal. Place your last pieces and step right towards the huge prow, then up the face on very small holds.

This route was originally 5.11c in the Williams guide, but it feels much harder, rivaling many Gunks 5.12 lines. There are rumors of broken holds, but nothing confirmed.

Location 

Starts on the GT Ledge by CCK.

Protection 

Thin to #2 Camalot.


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By Josh Janes
Jun 16, 2013

Felt 11c, but pretty contrived with the CCK crack a few feet to the left and much easier terrain just around the corner to the right. More like a silly variation to a very good route.