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5.7 Degrees in the Shade S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
96 Degrees in the Shade S,TR 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Blazing Apostles T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Ego Donor S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Fashionably Late S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Grab em in Da Biscuits S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Makin Muffins S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Partizan, The S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Party Pooters S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Second Sight T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Singh Along S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Tiltometer S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Tree Amigos S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Unknown S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Eden Masters, Scott Ayers 1991
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Shared By: Vincent Greene on Sep 25, 2004
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland

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Look for a line of bolts around the middle of the back wall of Swim Fin. It starts to the right and uphill of an obvious lieback flake. Follow the bolts. Thin crimpy hands and odd body positions make this a sustained route worthy of its name--do not try it unless you are solid in the grade.


Plenty of well-placed bolts and chain anchors. I don't remember the count - feel free to post it if you know.


Tucson, Arizona
eMurdock   Tucson, Arizona
This is not a particularly difficult 5.9 and it is definitely one that a climber could push their limits on. There are good bolts every couple feet at the start. Overall, there are not many 5.9s on the mountain this safe. Sep 29, 2004
Forest Hill
Denver, CO
Forest Hill   Denver, CO
It's definitely safely bolted, so I think anyone who wants to give it a try should. You can always back off.

But I honestly thought this was one of the most sustained 5.9 sport routes I'd ever done when I first moved here and did it. It's great, and it really is a 5.9. but almost every move is 5.9, IMHO. Sep 30, 2004
Wes Turner
az / pa
Wes Turner   az / pa
I agree with Forest...5.9+ Oct 3, 2004
bottom links of chains are 30 - 40 percent worn. Sep 9, 2005
Luke Bertelsen
Tucson, AZ
Luke Bertelsen   Tucson, AZ  
This route often gets the reputation for being a bit sandbagged at 5.9, but I believe it is more the fact that the route is sustained. There is some potential for a nasty fall if the climbers were to blow it pulling up onto the ledge halfway up or clipping the bolt there after.
I really enjoy this climb and think it is one of the better 5.9 sport routes at Windy Point. Apr 8, 2006
Joseph Stover
Batesville, AR
Joseph Stover   Batesville, AR
I agree, it doesn't have any rediculously hard moves, but is really sustained and pumpy for 5.9.

I thought the chains up top looked a bit nasty, probably have years left, but the left connector link is bent and both look slightly thin where attached to the hanger. The lower link showed some wear, but not too bad. The connector links should be replaced with quicklink screw ons. Nov 18, 2007
missoula, mt
  5.9 PG13
joshf   missoula, mt
  5.9 PG13
There is most assuredly a runout with decker potential in this route. Mar 2, 2008
Erin Cook
Tucson AZ
Erin Cook   Tucson AZ
I've only recently started working on 9's in the gym and I did this climb on TR without ever weighing the rope. As far as the moves go I wouldn't rate it higher than a 9+. It was very pumpy but halfway up you have a great ledge that you can hang out on and shake your arms out. Oct 31, 2008
Jon Ruland
Tucson, AZ
Jon Ruland   Tucson, AZ
can we discard this silly notion of a "5.9 move"? if route A has 10 moves as hard as the distinct crux section on an established 5.9 route B which has only a single move of that difficulty, then route A is harder than 5.9.

like this climb. Dec 11, 2009
1Eric Rhicard
1Eric Rhicard   Tucson
I agree with Don Buland. When he says it is so, it is so! Dec 12, 2009
Johnny Ice
Tucson, AZ
Johnny Ice   Tucson, AZ
This route is fun. It pushes me and I'm definitely going to come back and do it again. Mar 30, 2011
The connector link on the left anchor is rusty and bent halfway open. Looks a little unsafe to me. Both connector links should be checked and probably replaced with quick links by someone who knows more about anchors. Sep 4, 2013
Andrew Nelson
Andrew Nelson  
Super fun route. I would definitely say the crux is down low (to bolts 2 and 3), but watching your feet will take you through the crux. May 5, 2014
Tucson, AZ
RobPelon   Tucson, AZ
ditto the description about being solid in the grad. Though well bolted it is pumpy and potentially awkward during the first half of the climb. Things ease up after the ledge 1/2 way. Appears the left connector link at the chains is in the same condition Skatman described 2.5 years ago Dec 3, 2016
1Eric Rhicard
1Eric Rhicard   Tucson
Okay Kids, how about taking some responsibility for your climbing areas. Instead of pointing out climbs with issues how about we educate ourselves and fix things when you find them or go back and fix them next weekend or next day. Check out school of rock on this site to figure out if something needs to be fixed. I thank you in advance for getting involved in the stewardship of our areas. Dec 5, 2016
Bryanz   Arizona
Yeah the anchor does not look good because of the link pulling apart, I did not hesitate to rap on it though. Probably need bolt cutters or cordless grinder to remove.

Apr 9, 2017

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