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There is a distinct crux midway up the route. But it isn't terribly harder than the climbing before or after.
Fancy footwork will serve you well as you stem and edge your way up this route.
This was my first 5.9 lead and it is a good route to break into the grade. Just make sure you get good gear before moving past the roof.
Walk past New Red River. You can't miss this route as the next obvious dihedral. Rappel from anchors.
Mostly smaller gear, small cams and nuts work best. There are bolt anchors.
Dave Lutes working into the crux of Strick 9
Fun sustained stemming in the middle of a spring s...
Nov 23, 2008
Fun climb, usually wet especially under the roof.
By Miles H
Oct 18, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Great climb. Prepare for minimal or no gear after roof. Extend a couple good pieces and just run it out to the anchors on decent feet and an interesting sequence of hands.