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Was I off route? This was the upper section of our 5th pitch, which felt harder than freeing the 3rd pitch. This pitch (our 5th) started off a very decent ledge about 15ft off to the left side of the crack for P4. I placed nothing wider than a #2 on P5, mostly .2 to .4s in the crux here
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Miguel D
May 23, 2017
Was I off route? This was the upper section of our 5th pitch, which felt harder than freeing the 3rd pitch. This pitch (our 5th) started off a very decent ledge about 15ft off to the left side of the crack for P4. I placed nothing wider than a #2 on P5, mostly .2 to .4s in the crux here  
Greg Gavin
SLC, UT
Greg Gavin   SLC, UT
Miguel that pitch is 5.10, but trickier than the other 5.10 pitches on the route so it feels harder since you're not used to looking for sneaky holds. Jul 28, 2017
I climbed Touchestone with Alex a few weeks ago and had the same concerns. In fact, we saw this picture and your question right before we did it. When I thought I was off-route, I yelled out "I must be where that one" As the .75 crack develops a bit higher up, right around when it turns into the awkward double crack squeeze thing in your picture, I felt it took a leap well above a 5.10 finger crack. I ended up aiding the last 20+ feet, which would probably be around C1+/C2. It was definitely longer than 25m, probably close to double that. Hope that helps. Jun 23, 2017
Miguel D
SLC
Miguel D   SLC
Aahhh that would make sense. Looking at the beta now I can see it. Thanks for the input!

However, one question still remains in my mind, the beta says P4 (this one) can be freed at 5.10, but this section in the picture felt like 11b or so to me. Maybe I just didn't find the right beta, but I did get a clean lead freeing P3, so I should be able to do a "5.10" free pitch.

Anyhow, we'll probably just aid this section next time. Jun 13, 2017

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