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A few moves into the hard part.  Photo by Rob Harder.
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Aug 29, 2009
A few moves into the hard part. Photo by Rob Harder.  
Catherine Conner
Phoenix, AZ
Catherine Conner   Phoenix, AZ
Geez... that looks fookin' hard! Sep 12, 2012
Thanks, Catherine :)

This picture does a nice job of demonstrating what is hard about this route. Notice that due to the 'slab' my hips are not squared to the wall, and also due to the 'slab', my whole body is forced over to the left and is elevated relative to the crack. In terms of body tension as well as how much weight is being taken by the arms vs. the legs, this position is essentially equivalent to climbing on a roof, though it is more strenuous in the arms since it requires the arms to be constantly locked off instead of passive and straight as in a crack roof. If the jams were less flared and the slab was not there, one could instead drop their body below the crack and get their body further to the right and make their life significantly easier. This apparently has the same effect for everyone: failure on the route comes from movement accumulation, and the visual appearance of the route in conjunction with a measure of any individual move (not accounting for the strain needed between moves) leaves one with a WTF feeling every time one falls, but nonetheless repeated physical failure occurs. Feb 28, 2017

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