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The Touch 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Rick Leitner, Mary Reidmiller, Heidi Anderson, Chris Alber, 2/16/00
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Submitted By: Barry Gereb on Apr 4, 2001
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On the right side of the South Face of Surprising Crag, look for bolted, twin hand cracks that lead to a face with a bulge. Jam up the twin hand cracks either placing your own gear or clipping bolts, step left from a ledge onto the face, and jug haul to the top.


6 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor. The first half of the climb, a hand and fist jam crack can be led w/ gear or with 3 quickdraws.

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Jen Yuen making a big step left on the upper face.  An alternative line climbs the thin crack above her right leg.
Jen Yuen making a big step left on the upper face....
Noi into the jams.
Noi into the jams.
The Touch.  The crux upper face can be climbed left or right of the bolt line.
BETA PHOTO: The Touch. The crux upper face can be climbed lef...
Noi closing down.
Noi closing down.
Garrett Gillest on "The Touch".
Garrett Gillest on "The Touch".
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By ClimbandMine
Jun 4, 2002

One of the better routes on Surprising Crag - clean, uncontrived, actually well-bolted (not too over-bolted and they aren't in stupid places), and it might even be 5.8

By Anonymous Coward
Apr 21, 2003

This entire climb can be easily and safely led using gear. After the fun handcrack start, step right and get under the roof. Place a cam and move left to turn the roof and arrive at the anchors. Mike.

By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 8, 2004

A good route. Makes a fun lead with some interesting moves.

By Matt Gates
From: Pinewood Springs, CO
Sep 1, 2008
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Gave this one three stars if led on gear.


Used a No.4 to protect the first move into the crack, then a large stopper a little higher up. Two small but trucker stoppers in the left seam protect the crux, which I thought was exiting the hand crack. Head right, place a No. 2 then step up to the roof and place a small cam or two for the easy traverse back left. Exit the roof and it's all good. Very satisfying.

By Paul Donald Andrews
From: Nederland, Co.
Jun 25, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

Probably the best line on the cliff. Sustained, fun moves throughout. Good first lead, as you can practice nut and cam placement. Don't expect to climb it on a busy weekend. Step left out onto the face ASAP after the double crack/corner ends for the most exciting line.

By John Dubya
Aug 9, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

I thought this was challenging for the grade but super fun with some really cool features. The guidebook lists this as having 5 bolts, and I think it's listed here as 6, but I remember 7 bolts?