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Undertow 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b [details]
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Submitted By: blakeherrington on Dec 10, 2010
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Description 

Smack dab in the middle of the Quarry Wall, and very obvious from the hike in, is a large flake that resembles the profile of a person looking to the South. Undertow follows this flake / right-facing corner to a bolted anchor near the top of the wall. The climb is a good mix of smearing, laybacking, jamming, and powerful underclings.

There's an optional two-bolt start that joins the route after the initial undercling, but the complete flake, starting at the base, makes for a more continuous climb.


Location 

This is in the middle of the Quarry Wall.


Protection 

Single set of cams to 4" or 5", your big piece can be placed early on.



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 Matt lounging on "Undertow".
Matt lounging on "Undertow".
For the direct start, there are two bolts, the top bolt can be seen in this pic.
For the direct start, there are two bolts, the top...
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By L Stern
From: Golden, CO
Oct 1, 2013
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c

This is a very worthy climb, especially once you've climbed the classics at Thunder. We did the bolted start, which is a nice option if you didn't bring the larger gear. I thought the crux of the route was placing the gear as you work left to right across the undercling flake. You get good gear, it's just a bit strenuous and awkward to place, so no reason not to get on it. Gear recommendation: 2 x green Alien size to #1, 1 x #2.