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Atomic Gecko S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Biohazard S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Bubonic S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Buehler's Day Off S 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Chronic S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Copernicus S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Dark Matter S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Galileo S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Galileo Left S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Planet X S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Planet Y S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Planetarium S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Spaceballs S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Subatomic S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Unknown S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Wind in the Willows S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Type: Sport
FA: Gary Slate and Marty Lewis, 1993.
Page Views: 1,177 total, 9/month
Shared By: Tim Steele on Jan 26, 2007
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

Start on "Wind in the Willows" and immediately traverse a slopey ledge system over the creek to the high first bolt. Make long moves up to a rest before tackling the upper section. A hard sequence guards the shuts.

Location

The second route from the left. Climbs over the creek.

Protection

bolts + shuts.

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Agreed that this is harder than Shattered Glass. Planetarium seemed a little stiff, and Shattered Glass may be a little soft (11d might be better.) Then again, as noted, it is kind of hard to compare the two different styles of climbing. Apr 22, 2015
Phil Esra  
 
Aha! I didn't know that the original bolts were removed--everything makes way more sense now. My partner and I got on this over the weekend and enjoyed the hell out of it, all the way through. 11c sounds about right for the start. Stick clipped the 2nd bolt, so didn't need the 1st bolt, but appreciated the tight spacing in general. Intended to work on Planet Y but had our hands plenty full just getting to the lower anchor. Kudos.

Felt much harder than Shattered Glass, but a very different style, so maybe 12a is perfectly reasonable. I assume it's easier than Atomic Gecko.

EDIT: There's a difficult sequence getting to the midway rest jug. You're fresher here than when you pass the last bolt, but otherwise I think it's about as difficult as that final crux. My partner sent the route pretty quickly, for his first 12a redpoint, but I have been stuck on it for several days' worth of efforts. Got to see Sandra from Bishop onsight it, which was rad. Even with the damage my ego is suffering, I still think this is a phenomenal climb. All else equal, some of the hard moves are probably easier if you're taller. Apr 21, 2015
The original start was removed after a request from Marty Lewis to do so, since the new direct start is better, safer, and more inline with the rest of the route. Apr 19, 2015
Jeff Gicklhorn
Tucson, AZ
  5.12a
Jeff Gicklhorn   Tucson, AZ
  5.12a
Got on this today. Much better new start to the route! Jul 14, 2014
Added a more reasonable direct start (with Marty's permission) which is really fun. Check it out! Marty did the FA not Louie. Jun 16, 2014
Vlad S
  5.12a PG13
Vlad S  
  5.12a PG13
What a sketchfest getting to the 2nd bolt! I had to traverse 12 feet right from the 1st bolt before going up. That way you end up above the 2nd bolt and well into the decking territory before you clip at your ankle level. If you know how to jam, the crux is on the bad holds in the middle. Pretty fun climbing! Sep 3, 2013