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Trip to the Vet 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b

Type: Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b [details]
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The plaque at the base identifies this route, it is in the area of Tom Cat. A loose (welcome to the desert) bouldery start gets your attention before standing on a ledge that will put you into a nice thin hands crack. The crack slowly opens up to hands, and toward the top where it gets to that bigger than hands, smaller than fists size, some face holds appear to save the day. This was a fun route, though I think the bouldery start scare people. A puppy crawl in from the side can side step the looseness. Again, it's great route.


A wide array of protection ranging from #1 to #3.5 Camalot exist. It seems about 5 of the #1s is the max you will need of any given piece, with only 2 of the #3.5. A small TCU can protect the boulder problem start, but it would likely blow out if anyone bigger than Tom Thumb whipped on it.

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By Max Schon
Nov 11, 2003
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b

Best warm up at the Cat Wall.

My friend fell on a blue alien protecting the face move off the ground. Conclusion: it's solid and will hold 160 pounder.

By Rich Farnham
Mar 9, 2005

For folks with big hands, the short stretch of crack that leans left about half way up the route will be the crux. The crack necks back down to a #2 Friend after being Red Camalots for a while. If #3 Friends are good hands for you, this route will feel harder than 5.10.

The crux is short though, with a decent rest after it.

By Jeff G.
From: Fort Collins
Nov 13, 2006
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b

This is a very good pitch with nice variation from thin hands to big hands,a great warm-up.

By Monty
From: Golden, CO
Oct 19, 2008

fyi, in october this thing was waaaay sandy, great line but no fun slipping out of jams with a pound of sand in your face. meh...

By HeatherB-Radley
From: Augsburg, Germany
Dec 2, 2009

i LOVED this route!! but, for female or small hands be prepared for the crux to be much higher up. For this hand size the route starts with a super-sweet but slightly insecure bouldery/balancy start then you'll find the crack that started perfect hands, then cupped, then fists and slightly bigger (I think at a couple points i threw in a forearm) for me which made it a way different climb for me than the fellas i was with :)

enjoy, very fun!

By LahDaBudz
From: moab, ut
Jan 25, 2010
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13

to avoid scary ground fall on the way down from catsup i traversed the ledge and placed a piece high to get started on the weird bouldery start

By Alexander Nees
From: Grand Junction, CO
Jan 11, 2012
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b

Great climb! Definitely 10+ for the tricky moves off the deck. Maybe 10+ for big hands up in the tight section of the crack too. I felt comfortable and safe with a green #0 C3 protecting the opening moves; good rock and a nice constriction to keep it in there.