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L to R R to L Alpha
Center Slab Left T,S 
Checkered Dog  T 
Chickenhead T 
Duct tape crack T 
Flakey  T 
Freedom Roof  S 
Inside Right T 
Local Motion S,TR 
Orangutan Overhang T 
Shot on Sight T 
Slot, The T 
Too Much Fun for You  S 
Unknown T 
Unknown 2 T 
Vein of Gold  T 
Zigzag T,S 


YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Brian Prince on Jul 19, 2010

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Fun granite


Start in the "zigzagging" cracks that have a little rail in between them. Once high enough to clip the first bolt, traverse left and then continue up on some sweet chicken head/slab moves to clip one more bolt. Pass a horizontal crack and then enter a 10' easy lieback section to the anchor

I think this might actually be two different routes. For the actual "Zig-Zag" you are not supposed to traverse left, but continue up the crack. And the face route is actually "Center Slab Left." ?


To the right and around the corner of the chicken head slab route. To the left and around the corner of Orangutan.


Small pro for the zigzags and the horizontal will take like .5"-1" (or something like that)
Two bolt anchor

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By Richard Shore
Aug 14, 2013

Don't pass up any protection opportunities early on this route - sustained 5.9 moves coming right away on slippery polished knobs and ground fall potential getting into the second crack. Thoughtful and engaging. With substantial sling-age one can link into the Freedom Roof (5.10-) for an awesome ~150' pitch.
By Mat Brunton
Jun 1, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13

There are two bolts next to this route that are part of the Center Slab Left (5.10a). Using them both for ZigZag would be awkward. However, clipping the first with an extended alpine draw eases the pressure of sustained, difficult movement with questionable pro at the beginning of ZigZag. You might be able to jam the smallest size cam in the crack early, otherwise fiddle around trying to get a good stopper placement...not much reliable pro before that first bolt. The little knob features and rounded ridges that look like decent feet are indeed surprisingly polished and slick. Protection opportunities improve higher up.
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