Now 20% more free! The "direct" start adds three bolts and maybe 30 moves of awesome moderate bouldering on killer sculpted pockets up to a reachy crimp section before joining the already-classic original route. These moves are not harder than the upper crux (but not much easier either), but certainly add some fatigue to a route that is a solid 13a. The resulting route has three distinct crux sections separated by two OK shakes, requiring a combination of power, technique and stamina.
Left-most route on the wall, now sporting permanent cable draws.