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Shaking out at the slab crux.
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Ben May
May 7, 2012
Shaking out at the slab crux.  
Thia team linked P2 &3 together, which is not a good idea. You lose the shared experience of that airy belay on the Bat Walk. You are really separated as the leader gets into the .11a crux shown here, and because of all the rope between the leader & belayer, a fall from the finger rail after the crux (and where many will get quite pumped) would be excessively long, not to mention the rope drag. There is a time and place to link pitches, but given the light this team had, they were in no hurry to beat the sunset. Just sayin': Do THIS climb as it was originally freed for the maximum, premium effect. Now, if you have done the route a million times, then this makes sense, unless your second bumbles the .11a moves into the Balogna Slicer, for they will drop a long ways with all that rope out... Jan 13, 2015

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