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Space Invaders 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5c R

   
Type:  Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 70'
FA: unknown
Fixed Hardware: 2 Lead Bolts, 2 Belay Bolts [details]
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Submitted By: Tony B on Jul 10, 2004
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Joseffa Meir follows the spookey and difficult 'Sp...
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Space Invaders is a worthy variation of Outer Space, doing the harder parts of that climb and then bumping out left to add some 5.11 climbing.

Climb to the upper pitches of Outer Space and start up and left on the final pitch. After ~ 30 feet of climbing, a small ramp and ledge droping down and left appears on your left-hand side. You will note a bolt within reach of it. Protect the crack of Outer Space with good pro & a long sliing, then go down and left on the sloping slab to get a stance below a bolt, which you climp.Cimb up and left of the bolt on a flake and crack system. Supposedly a mid-range TCU protects this area, but nothing I could get was worth having. At the top of the flake system, a few necky moves have to be done (5.10, 10' above the bolt, ledge fall potential) do these and clip the second bolt. climb up and left (crux, hard for 11a?) and generally climb up towards the top. An old two-bolt anchor is at the top if this climb, but they are not suited for rapping on- you can set an anchor up top, if desired. The best way down is to walk down as for Outer Space or the Bastille Crack.

Presently there is a small but active wasp nest in the pocket just below the 2-bolt anchor. They were not aggressive yesterday.


Protection 

Protection at for Outer Space plus a few quickdraws & a "medium TCU" (that probably wouldn't hold even a short fall anyway).



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Joseffa Meir getting close to the finish on 'Space Invaders (5.11, R)' on the N. Face of the Bastille, in Eldo. Photo by Tony Bubb, 2004.
Joseffa Meir getting close to the finish on 'Space...
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By Wally
From: Denver
Sep 15, 2010

This is a great finish to Outer Space.