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3 Strikes You're Out T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Air Swedin T 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c R
Battle of the Bulge T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Big Baby, The T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Black Corner T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Bloombagged Again T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Cal and Andy's Route T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Cave Route T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Christmas Tree T 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Crack Attack T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Digital Readout T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Disco Machine Gun T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Dogs in Space T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Down in Albion T 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c R
Elbow Vices T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Fat Boy Slim T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Hole in the Wall T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Jagged Wedge, The T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Jane Fonda's Total Body Workout T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Last Battle, The T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Like a Prayer T 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c R
Mayes, The T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Moon Also Rises, The T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Mystery Machine, The T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Our Piece of Real Estate T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Pigs In Space T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Quarter of a Man T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Railroad Tracks T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Ruby's Cafe T 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Ruins Crack T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Seppuku Flake T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Swedin-Ringle T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Think Pink T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Unknown w/ 2 bolt RF corner T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Unnamed 5.10 LF flake in deep corner T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unnamed 5.11 (Just R of the Mayes) T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Unnamed 5.11- just L of Last Battle T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Unnamed RF hands to tips T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Warm-up T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Type: Trad
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Shared By: George Bell on Nov 29, 2001
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details

Description

If you like Supercrack, you'll love this one too. Head up to the far left side of the cliff, left of Crack Attack and the squeeze chimney Grits and Grunt. This is an obvious right facing dihedral with a hand/fist crack that heads through a sizable roof. Just left of this crack is a horrendous looking (unnamed) 5.11 offwidth.

Jam up the crack, if you have large hands, you can hand jam through the roof, otherwise it will be fists. Continue on up to a 2 bolt anchor at 100'.

Protection

Many #3 Friends, plus doubles (at least) in the range #1.5 to #3.5 Friend. Camalots are not ideal for the route as much of the crack is at the wide end of a #2 and too narrow for the #3.
Big Bert
Golden, Colorado
 
Big Bert   Golden, Colorado
 
Straight in baby...that's all you need to know. Oh yea, the funk at the end is the second crux. Sep 28, 2017
Sean
Oak Park, CA
Sean   Oak Park, CA
also led with BD's, placing 0.4 to 0.75 for bottom section, then six #2's and three #3's. #3 Friends would be ideal, but manageable with the BD's Oct 15, 2016
Jeff Scheuerell
  5.10+
Jeff Scheuerell  
  5.10+
I really enjoyed this route and although the start is less than perfect as far as rock quality and protection, it isn't that bad and for me took very little away from this steller line. I first climbed it on tr about 20 years ago with a young guy named Oliver from Laramie, I think. Lead it just a couple of weeks ago and loved it. Won't say it was easy but it felt soft even at 10+ for my hand size. I can see this thing being way harder with even just a little bit smaller hands and maybe even as easy as 10- with bigger hands. I remember twice down low thinking stoppers would be nice. Also # 3 friends seemed better than 2C4s. Apr 9, 2016
Mark van Eijk
  5.11-
Mark van Eijk  
  5.11-
Fun, but exhausting, like the love-child of Supercrack and Incredible hand crack. Start is on broken flakes, not super-inspiring but fine. Sustained big hands through a long overhang. Save some juice for the awkward, flaring finish.

If leading on BD, the start will take doubles from #0.5-#1. From there it's multiple iterations of tipped-out #2 and some slammed #3, but definitely heavy on the #2s. In many places the crack narrows a bit further in, so you can shove a bad #2 deeper and it will fit. Apr 7, 2016
Bowie Pearson
Portland, OR
  5.11a
Bowie Pearson   Portland, OR
  5.11a
I found that two #3 friends were money for what was the crux section of the overhang for me. I have small hands (can jam down to .75's) but I LOVE this route - absolutely worth leading if you're a thin hands person but love #3's like I do! Mar 30, 2015
claytown
Boulder, CO
 
claytown   Boulder, CO
 
Although the start climbs past some broken rock in the crack, the roof is more than worth it! I places camalot 2s and 3s in the roof and thought it was just fine. AFter the TR is set you can easily start right where you lower off and climb that other crack past most of the choss.

There is one wedged flake where I placed a .5 on one side and a .75 on the other side, clipping the rope to the .5 biner and clipping the .75 to the .5 loop in hopes that if I had fallen the two pieces would exert force at the same time and pinch that rock into place instead of just pushing it out of the way... might have worked but glad I didn't find out. Oct 16, 2009
Rob Duncan
Salt Lake City
Rob Duncan   Salt Lake City
I would agree #2 camalots are not ideal, but I felt really secure placing all #2's (with one #3 in the wide section just past the roof) on this one. Don't pass it up if you only have BD gear... Really an amazing line! warm up on pigs in space and then cruise this one. May 19, 2008
Jonas Wiklund
  5.10
Jonas Wiklund  
  5.10
Friend #3 is the perfect size for much of this climb. For my size of hands this is by far the easiest of all the 11's I climbed during a months stay. Dec 12, 2007
Tavis Ricksecker  
5.11a
A #2 camalot, then #3.5 friend, then back to #2 camalots. Only slightly wide at the steep bit for those with big hands. If you have big hands and you cruised Supercrack, this one should be a cruise too. I found the exit moves at the top more tricky than the steep bit. Nov 26, 2007
Dpurf
Superior
  5.11a
Dpurf   Superior
  5.11a
I would not call this a Classic, because of the Sh*t rock at the start. But it is a very good climb and one you should do. The rating on this climb is all based on hand size. Big hands have fun. Small hands, pray to stay in, average hands, move fast through the lower part of the crack. And for the guy who is looking for a 2.5 BD, there is one out there. It is call a 3.0 WC Friend. It works great. Mar 19, 2007
m-earle
USA
m-earle   USA
i have fairly small hands, and this climb was a struggle. in the roof, i couldn't get jams, nor could i get fist's. i had to lie-back parts of the roof, whitch made it hard to place gear.
sick climb for sure. Oct 30, 2006
Rob Kepley
Westminster,CO
Rob Kepley   Westminster,CO
Great climb. Mostly good hands with "cupped hands thru the middle section (#3 Camalot). Total classic. Oct 15, 2006
I have big hands with small fingers (I know, I am a mutant). I found this to be awkward, almost rattle teacups, with the occasional tight fist. Feb 28, 2006
Bryson Slothower
  5.11a
Bryson Slothower  
  5.11a
I did this route last week and also have pretty big hands. I felt the grade was true. 11- Mar 28, 2005
Dan St. John
Castle Rock
Dan St. John   Castle Rock
I have big hands and the climb felt more like solid 5.10. The size is to small for a #3 Camalot but just at the end of the #2 Camalot range. The tarango hand size worked well which is like #2.5 Camalot(if one existed ). I recomend this climb for the leader on the verge of breaking into the 11 range, those with big hands. Sep 24, 2002
There is a nice alternative to starting in the right facing dihedral that avoids some loose blocks. Look left around the corner and climb a kinda dirty but still nice handcrack. It curves right and joins the climb just below the good stuff. Aug 6, 2002
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
  5.11a
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
  5.11a
What George is forgetting to mention is that the climb is hands for his bear-paws, and fists for tiny, tiny hands, but for average to small hands, it's off hands, or off fists. Thus, it's also a little harder than 5.11a. YMMV. Mar 11, 2002