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Digital Readout

5.12b/c, Trad, 50 ft,  Avg: 3.3 from 48 votes
FA: Alan Lester, Chip Chace
Utah > Moab Area > Indian Creek > Battle of the Bulge Buttress
Access Issue: 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

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Ouch. This is the obvious and painful looking fingers crack just left of the Cave Route. The first 35-40 feet are tough, but do-able, with the assorted features on the face for feet. The last fifteen feet to the anchors are just incredibly hard, a fingertips crack with very few foot features. I still haven't figured out this crux.

Protection

small stuff- nothing bigger than 1.5

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Aaron Livingston redpointing Digital Readout as it fades into darkness
[Hide Photo] Aaron Livingston redpointing Digital Readout as it fades into darkness
Digital Readout
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Giving D.R. another redpoint attempt. (Photo taken by Rob Kepley)
[Hide Photo] Giving D.R. another redpoint attempt. (Photo taken by Rob Kepley)
This is what this route keeps doing to my finger but the redpoint is imminent.
[Hide Photo] This is what this route keeps doing to my finger but the redpoint is imminent.
Mr. Trippett getting Digitalized!
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Entering the crux
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Into the meat of the pitch
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Anonymous Coward
  5.12b/c
[Hide Comment] The crux is easy: Jam really hard in the first 40' so that your fingers are numb by the time you get to the rest before the crux. Rest at the last footholds, bite your tongue, paste your feet and f--ing crank to the chains! Nov 14, 2002
Andy Johnson
  5.12c
[Hide Comment] I think one star is harsh. This is a fantastic climb if you are climbing at the grade. By the way I definately am not climbing at the grade. This thing is hard and placing gear is really tough. Jun 21, 2004
SirVato
Boulder
 
[Hide Comment] No where near a clean lead, I ended up aiding the upper half.
But. . . 2 Blue aliens and 6 or so green is all you need for this pitch!!
My fingers still hurt.. . Sep 5, 2006
m-earle
USA
[Hide Comment] tough moves getting off the ground. decent fingers for the middle, one or two foot rests, but the last 15 feet the crack goes back to tips. if you send this route, dont expect to have anything left resembling fingers. Oct 30, 2006
SirVato
Boulder
 
[Hide Comment] The crux isn't hard to figure out . . . Just hard to DO!!!
Made it up this time w/out aid but still took a few for the team!!
Decided to sprint the last 10ft to the anchs... desperation set in, fingers came out and, I went down!! Fun ride though!!
Save this for the last climb of the trip or your fingers won't be worth shit for the next route!! Mar 13, 2007
[Hide Comment] In the 1988 American Alpine Journal, Eric Bjornstad contributed that this route was put up by Alan Lester and Chip Chace. Nov 26, 2009
Steven Lucarelli
Moab, UT
  5.12b/c
[Hide Comment] I'm not sure where you would place two blue Aliens, maybe at the start if your short? Green Aliens and .3 Camalots are all you need for this climb. I think 7 or 8 will sew it up. Mar 22, 2010
[Hide Comment] I wanted to try this on TR but really couldnt get my fingers in much.....i thought id break em if i fell...SUPER hard for big fingers....or im just lame..5.13 tips for me Oct 22, 2011
[Hide Comment] Destroyed my fingers, never were the same for the rest of the trip.

...But it hurt sooo good Jan 26, 2012
[Hide Comment] More like digital bleedout than digital readout. Shredded my fingers.....not fun! Apr 17, 2012
Mike broad
Tucson, AZ
 
[Hide Comment] For the last part before the chains, save a x4 .3 (or probably a green alien). The regular .3 c4 is slightly too big there and doesn't fit! Oct 2, 2015
bheller
SL UT
[Hide Comment] ^ sounds like a blue metolius would be ideal Oct 2, 2015
Luke Mehall
Durango, Colorado
 
[Hide Comment] Per usual the beta in the book is off. Heavy on .3 camalots. Only a couple places where you can get a .4 in. Brutal line, but there are certainly more harsh finger cracks out there. Nov 6, 2015