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Space Mission 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 85'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Jeff Wenger, Colleen Brennan
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Submitted By: Max Tepfer on Sep 22, 2009

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Maybe a little sandy for the grade, this route is a good step in the progression towards climbing splitter fingers. Work through thin stemming off the deck and then climb the left crack on solid fingers for most of the rest of the route.


This is the route left of The Space Between easily identified by the overhanging, squiggly crack at the chains.


Doubles of green BD C3s up to 0.75 with extra 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5

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By Dave E.
From: washington
Apr 6, 2010

small to medium wires protect the thin start on this one really nicely and the hero finish is just awsome, great route!!
By Mike Rowley
From: Boise, Idaho
Jun 10, 2012

I love that this is listed as .12- in the original guidebook! I would say .11+ feels about right. The stemming at the start is hard, and there are no real rests until you are a few feet below the chains. Great route tho!
By Max Tepfer
From: Bend, OR
Jun 13, 2012

Compare 11+ on this one with 11+ on Redd Alert and 12- on Purple Pinky Eater...) The cruxes on both those two feel way, way more stopper (granted they're shorter) than anything on Space Mission.

It's important to remember that many of the ratings at this place (especially at 5.11 and up) haven't seen a heck of a lot of consolidation as many of the routes at the grade that are less trafficked have often only seen 2-6 red-point ascents. (Steelhead, Full Clip, Redd Alert, Hip to Toe, Out Ridin' Fences, Out of the Question, Straight/Rightway, Geologic Time, Midas Touch... etc.) As I understand it, typically the FA's best guess ended up being the published grade, which should give you an idea of the level of accuracy we're dealing with here.
By Alex Shainman
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 3, 2013

Wicked good! Most classic long and hard double corner. I found bridging the start to be better (easier) than stemming right away...
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