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Fern Point - Party Buttress
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Autum Fire T 
Back in the Saddle T 
Biohazard T 
Crimes of Flashin'  S 
Diversity in Microcosm T 
Eat My Dust S 
Exoduster S 
Freaky Stylee S 
Harbinger Scarab S 
Manute Bol T 
Modern Primitive S 
Party All the Time T 
Party in My Mind T 
Party Till Yer Blind T 
Pocket Pussy S 
Premarital Bliss T 
S'more Energy S 
Smooth Operator T 
Stealth and Magic S 
Stim-O-Stam S 
Sweetest Taboo , The S 
Techman S 

Smooth Operator 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Rick Fairtrace, Scott Jones (Oct. 1985)
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Submitted By: DaveB on Sep 27, 2007

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Stemming through the fun upper half of the route.

Description 

Like fist jamming? If so, this route's for you. Ease into crack from right, commence jamming, and be ready to place gear (somewhat slick here). Beyond fistcrack (crux), work up to flaring pod utilizing generous horizontals and ledges. At large chockstone, move out left onto face and up left-leaning crack/flake. Layback and jam to top!

Location 

From Fern Point ladders, go left through corridor past Mellifluous, Freeky Stylee, Biohazard, Party All The Time. At the next corner/dihedral, look for a couple of fist and off-width cracks. (A ledge, halfway up the right crack, maintains a large stick bird's nest...with white sh*t streaks oozing down the rock.) Smooth Operator is the fist crack LEFT of this (see photo).

Protection 

Small-med-large. #4 Friends for initial fistcrack. Optional #5 and/or #6 Friend(s) for the top.

Bolted anchors.


Photos of Smooth Operator Slideshow Add Photo
Leader's view from the start.
BETA PHOTO: Leader's view from the start.
Smooth Operator (5.9+).
BETA PHOTO: Smooth Operator (5.9+).
Hutch on the super fun upper section of Smooth Ope...
Hutch on the super fun upper section of Smooth Ope...
14yr old Matt fist jamming the start.
14yr old Matt fist jamming the start.

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