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X-Ray 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Sport, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: EFR,'10
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Submitted By: 1Eric Rhicard on Jul 16, 2010
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Description 

Stemming and jug hauling on overhanging rock.


Location 

Starts in a groove by the big boulder at the left end of the wall.


Protection 

Bolts



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By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 18, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

This climb is a gem - overhanging 5.8 with good rock throughout and interesting moves. Great fun and a good warmup for the harder routes on the wall.

By "Canada" Eric Ruljancich
From: Tucson, AZ / Vancouver, BC
Jul 25, 2010

This climb is called X-Ray because the FA was a free solo. Think about that when you are clipping your bolts.

By jbak
Mar 25, 2013

Best sport route of this grade in So Az.

By Chris Horton
From: Tucson AZ
May 3, 2013
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

I replaced the leaver biner on top of this one with a locking biner. It is obvious that people are top-roping on the biners up there based on the wear. Also, I find newer climbers were unsettled about the mussy hook without a gate on it. Happy lowering!

By 1Eric Rhicard
May 3, 2013

Hey Chris, I appreciate that you are helping by replacing the worn carabiners. I would encourage you not to use lockers however as people lock them and they often need pliers to unscrew. It also makes it hard to clip them on an onsight lead of the route.

I would also suggest to everyone that they use their own draws and quit top-roping on them.

Newer climbers are nervous about lowering anyway. Explain the physics of it to them and they can teach themselves to use their rational brain to overcome an irrational fear which will help their climbing in the long run.
Thanks

By Chris Horton
From: Tucson AZ
May 8, 2013
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

EFR- Good call on both. The locker will probably backfire and make people toprope on the leavers even more.

"Newer climbers are nervous about lowering anyway. Explain the physics of it to them and they can teach themselves to use their rational brain to overcome an irrational fear which will help their climbing in the long run." -Best advice I've heard in a while.

I'll switch it out when I'm up there again. I still have biners to donate if you're developing this summer.

By Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady
Oct 14, 2013

Fun climb, and the weather is perfect for it lately. However, the anchors could use a little love. One of the bolts is loose and needs to be tightened (I don't have the right tool to do it), and the mussy hook is gone. Still safe to rap off of, but it's worth being aware of.

[NOTE: As of 10/18/13, these anchors have received some maintenance, and are fully functional again.]

By 1Eric Rhicard
Oct 14, 2013

Only one hook on this anchor as I recall. Is the one hook now gone as well? 9/16ths and 1/2 inch combination wrench is all you need for 90 percent of loose nuts on bolts. Very inexpensive. Mussy hooks can be found online if you wanted to pick some up, maximuspress.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=fmp014 the community would thank you. No, maybe not but I will in advance.