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Routes in Columns (aka Skinner Butte)

3rd Column Jam T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
4th Column Face TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
4th Column Jam T,TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
5th Column (aka Sign Face) TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bat Crack T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crack a No Go T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Fat Crack T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Hard Lieback T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Left Ski Track T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Limp Dick T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Main Chimney T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Right Ski Track T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Satisfaction T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Second Column Left Jam TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sign Crack (4th Column Jam Left?) T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Transportation Route T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Type: Trad, 35 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Karsten Duncan on Jan 25, 2006
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This climb has become a testpiece for locals. Satisfaction is a thin seam up a shallow dihedral. Other routes are sometimes within reach but are considered "off" to get the standard .11 rating. The somewhat contrived line is usually done with a combination of tenuous stemming and tips locks in pin scars. As the season progresses it tends to get harder as the shoe rubber and grime build-up.

If you eschew the face holds and stick to the crack it increases the grade a few ticks.


small wires and cams (offsets nuts and cams useful)


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Laramie, WY
Petsfed   Laramie, WY
I won't dispute the 5.12 grade for a straight-on, holds-only-within-6-inches-of-the-crack send. That said, while it may be technically easier, its far less secure to spread out and stem.

Also, if you reach over to Hard Lieback, it drops it down into the mid 10 range, and I suspect is where the name for that line comes from.

Awesome line on pinscars and tips locks! Aug 18, 2013
skinny legs and all
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
skinny legs and all   Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Way back in the day when crack climbing was the name of the game, Alan Watts trained for hard cracks in a multitude of ways. His self described coup de grace of cheap stunts was climbing Satisfaction one handed by lunging between the fingerlocks! Dec 14, 2013

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