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Deception TR 
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Jailbait T 
Life Sentence T,TR 
Minimum Security T,TR 
Possession T 
Rehabilitation T 
Repeat Offender T 
S&M / B&D T 
Speed is of the Essence T 
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Tax Evasion T 
Three Strikes T 

Speed is of the Essence 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: FRA Stuart and Bret Ruckman 1985
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Submitted By: John J. Glime on Aug 21, 2004

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BETA PHOTO: 1) Rehabilitation 2) Deception 3) Life Sentence...


This is the obvious 6-inch crack in the left facing corner to the right of Tax Evasion and Climb and Punishment.

Contrary to the route name, speed is not of the essence, it is much better perhaps to take your time and look for good pro, use caution with the placements during the first half of the climb as there is a lot of junky rock. Stemming works better than lie-backing for this climb, in my opinion.

This climb is worth doing if you are in the area and have the time, but it is definitely only one star.

Descent: We traversed left to the slings above Climb and Punishment, use your best judgement.


Standard trad rack works.

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By Ryan Brough
From: Arvada, Colorado
Jul 7, 2006
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Correct, this route is better stemmed than liebacked (except at the crux about 20 feet up). There are a bunch of slings 30-40 feet up from the "top" of the route.
By Tryhard
From: Sandy, UT
Jun 5, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is a fun climb - every bit as good as Tax Evasion, if not better. I only had a single set of C4s through #4. There were alternate gear options that worked well enough, but I would have liked to have had one or two #5s with me.
By Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 5, 2014

This route can gobble up some bigger gear though there is places for smaller pieces if you look. Fairly easy to traverse to the new chains just above Tax Evasion. Has a tiny bit of punky rock, but overall great quality.
By Scott Morris
From: Bountiful
Oct 23, 2015

This is a great climb. Fun variety of movement with some liebacking, stemming, and some bomber hand jams at times. I didn't encounter any loose rock that I recall. I sewed it up with a standard rack along with a #5 C4, #4 C4, and a #4 old style purple Camalot. I traversed left towards the top to use the chain anchors atop Tax Evasion, but by so doing missed out on climbing a fantastic looking hand/finger crack that continued straight up for maybe 10-15 more feet.

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