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The Soft Parade 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Marty Karabin
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Submitted By: Mike on Jan 27, 2008

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me on soft parade. Photo by Kurt Licence


A fun route with a couple of cruxy parts. Follow 10 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor


On the right side of the big face, just left of Pocket Puzzle.



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Just past the first crux on Soft Parade
Just past the first crux on Soft Parade
Tim leading Soft Parade on the left.
Tim leading Soft Parade on the left.
Mike Leads Soft Parade
Mike Leads Soft Parade
The Soft Parade (January 2014)
BETA PHOTO: The Soft Parade (January 2014)

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By brucy
Apr 19, 2010

Well bolted- not! Or at least unless you put add-a-bolts (long slings) on bolts 3,9, and 10. Two cruxes on route (bolts 3 and 8).
By Burt Lindquist
From: Madison, WI
Nov 29, 2010

Title of a great old "the Doors" album...
By Tim Heid
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Nov 29, 2010
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

My foldout guide blew away (probably blew all the way back to Superior) right when we got there and we thought we were getting on In Seam - 10c. Well, Kyle decided to just go for it, but unfortunately he pulled his shoulder out of socket just after the first bolt. Ouch! He was able to work it back in, but couldn't do anymore climbing that day.

So I jumped on it to get his gear back and give it a go.
Definitely glad I went for it because it's probably my favorite route at the Pond to date.

It doesn't look 11b from the bottom, but it felt damn close to it when on it. Many Various techniques used throughout, including a few tips jams in the seams, which were fun. There's a super amazing rest right before the last crux (you'll know what I mean when you find it), then fire through it to the top.

Thanks Burt for the info, all of us were debating where the name might have come from.
By Matt West
From: Vail, CO
Dec 1, 2010

Area classic for sure.
By ldsclimber
From: Queen Creek AZ
Jan 18, 2011

Marty did a damn fine J O B on this one. Three cruxes with heart settling climbing in between. Loved it!
By Colonel Mustard
Mar 14, 2011
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

This climb isn't as good as it thinks it is.
By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Nov 26, 2011
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

I don't see any issue with how this was bolted. It seemed just fine while placing quickdraws on lead which is generally my litmus test.

Fun route, but the no-hands rests take a bit away from it.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Nov 27, 2011
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

There is no problem with the bolting on this route. Great placements through the various cruxes, I've led it when strong...I've led it when weak and the bolt placements have never been an issue. The route is engaging, with various cruxes and good rests. Oh and long too. Always a favorite, 4 star for the area or anywhere.
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