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Soft Parade 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: John Wilke, 1982
Season: Summer
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Submitted By: Wade Griffith on Jan 26, 2006

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Description 

This route is right of Parade Rest. It has a gently overhanging, tight hands and rattly fingers crux at the beginning. It eases up to some 5.9 near the top. Metolius rap bolts are located to the right of the crack at the top. This is a classic that doesn't see the crowds. It is worth the hike, since you can combine this, Old Dog's New Trick, and Women's Work for a killer Vedauwoo fingers shredding.

Protection 

(1) #0.5, (3) #0.75, (1) #1 Camalot sizes.


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Sooo good, me next, me next.
Sooo good, me next, me next.
Rob Phares on Soft Parade, August 2009.
Rob Phares on Soft Parade, August 2009.

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By Justin Edl
May 17, 2006

This thing is short (not 50 feet, more like 35), but it is one of the best cracks at Vedauwoo. It's a perfect flared splitter, and a great one for learning how to jam thin flared overhanging cracks. This is a must do on the hard crack tour of Vedauwoo.

Personally I would drop the #1 Camalots, I'm not so sure they will fit. A .5 Friend is useful at the very bottom, then doubles of 1.25 and 1.5 Friends will sew it up.
By erik rieger
From: Gold Hill, CO
Oct 3, 2012

Bob said it's called "Soft Parade" because of a discussion with his partner about route names that contain oxymorons—the route in question being "Quiet Riot." Bob said he was convinced "Soft Parade" qualified as an oxymoron, even though his partner disagreed. The name stuck as a jest at his partner for disagreeing with him.
By Justin Edl
Aug 21, 2014

A worthy note regarding the grade of this route is it was originally done without sticky rubber using by today's standards clunky toed shoes. This is likely why this feels relatively soft compared to hand/fist cracks and OWs at the same grade at Vedauwoo by today's standards.