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Sobriety Test T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
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Type: Trad, 200 ft, 5 pitches, Grade III
FA: Steve Bartlett, Strappo Hughes, 1991. FFA: Ralph Ferrara, Steve Bartlett, 2001
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Shared By: Steve "Crusher" Bartlett on Mar 31, 2001
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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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


A real mixture here. PItch 1 is face to awkward chimney, pitch 2 classic spooky Monument Basin face climbing, pitch 3 steep well protected crack, and pitch four slightly spooky face moves on "good" rock. The summit, if it still there, is rotten, and getting onto it is rather undignified. The free version of this route follows the aid version, except the first pitch, which takes a wide chimney/flare just right of the aid start.

Begin on right side of north face, under this chimney/flare.
1. Boulder up the awkward face to the chimney, which is easier than it appears. Up this to a ledge system on the west arete (5.10a, 50').
2. Move left, then up a short crack. Step awkwardly left onto a ledge, and traverse 15 feet left. Climb straight up (crux) to a niche under a protruding block, surmount the block on its right; belay (5.10c R, 50').
3. Up the obvious crack, passing a 5.11a bulge, to the shoulder (5.11a, 60').
4. Thin face gains a higher shoulder, and a two-bolt anchor (5.9 R, 20').
5. Climb to the rotten summit (5.7 R, 20').

Descent: Reverse the summit pitch to the bolt anchor. Rappel north 190' to the ground.


Gear: wires, two sets of Aliens, (include one Black (0.33") Alien), two sets of Friends and/or Camalots from two-inch to #5 Camalot. Include an extra #4 Camalot.


Hey "crusher" - Any idea how many ascents this thing has seen? I had a fun (and scary) time soloing this last weekand judging from the webbing at the rap anchors, and thesingle old chouinard biner I'm thinking not to many!I replaced the webbing and biners. Downclimbing the summitpitch-sans pro-was a litle unnerving, what with the 40 mphgusts going on! Great semi obscure tower...

Miles Newby Apr 22, 2005
Hat's off to Crusher (and the great Dr. Bornholdt who dragged my sorry arse up this!) as this made the Doric seem like granite!

Also, thanks to whomever re-did the anchors! Oct 4, 2005
Bryan Bornholdt
Las Vegas, NV
Bryan Bornholdt   Las Vegas, NV
Miles, I trust that we have you to thank for the "recent" webbing at the top. Thanks. Oct 5, 2005

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