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The Court House Wall
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Absence of Faith. S 
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The Juvenile  

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Cronin
Season: If you are not in the big house, get on it!
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Submitted By: BBQ on Jul 21, 2011

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Careful! This is one bad kid!

A climb that will have you doin' time! 

The premier 5.12a in Spearfish Canyon! If you have burned through your share of 5.11's and are wondering if you have what it takes to run with the big dogs of the big house then get your punk ass over to the Court House Wall and get on this tasty mono-festive bad boy that will either set you off or shut you down!

A hard start followed by more hard climbing involving laybacks, underclings, crack technique and hidden holds will have you realizing that crime doesn't pay, but a lot of time over the winter on a hangboard just might.

This climb will make you want to get serious about this sport. Your slap on the wrist time for misdemeanor shop lifting is over, if your wanting to send this this 5.12a it's time to start thinking about some grand larceny!


To the immediate left of Badgering the Witness (the climb with the boulder and railroad tie in front of it) is a 5.11c and to the immediate left of that is a 5.12c known as The Bailiff and just to the left of The Bailiff is Juvenile, a climb with a life (changing) sentence.


8 bolts and closed shut anchors on chains with some nice carabiners for you to clip into. Stick clipping the second bolt is highly recommended for the fresh fish. The start of this climb makes you feel like you have a ball and chain attached to your ankle. Falling before reaching the first or second bolt is extremely likely!

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Juvenile 5.12a
The Juvenile 5.12a
Rock Climbing Photo: Juvenile follows a nice, black streak up the Court...
Juvenile follows a nice, black streak up the Court...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing The Juvenile.
Climbing The Juvenile.
Rock Climbing Photo: My rope after hanging The Juvenile. To the left of...
My rope after hanging The Juvenile. To the left of...
Rock Climbing Photo: Juvenile  Photo by Luke Ross
Juvenile Photo by Luke Ross

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By michalm
Jul 5, 2016

Good route on great rock. What's with the absurd bolting? The first bolt is too low to do any good, and the second bolt is so high you will deck blowing crux moves. If the route is meant to be stick-clipped (I stick-clipped the second bolt so my partner doesn't have to scrape me off the ground after I fall), don't place the first bolt at all. Otherwise, bolt routes so the crux moves are protected. Check out the bolting on Two Kings and a Queen at Ice Box wall. That is a well-bolted route.
Jul 5, 2016

The absurd bolting is for those awesome climbers who have done the route a lot and can handle the absurd bolting. Stick clipping the second is common practice in these parts, especially on routes like this one, don't feel ashamed for doing so.

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