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5.9+, Trad, TR, 27 ft (8 m),
Avg: 3.2 from 52 votes
Alabama > Sand Rock > Jaws Block/W Side Rock
Sweet steep arete...lead, TR (easy scramble to anchors) or boulder.
Landing is flat, but it's tall if you go sans rope.
Walk through the "most obvious" sandy corridor closest to the parking lot. Obvious arete on left side...
A few pieces in the .75-2.5 range.
Top has a tree, you'll want some looooong runners though.
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Found this from about ten years ago.
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Boulder it out, you're over sand!
Apr 10, 2007
agreed, this is a boulder problem. Check out "Stone Crusade" for a good pic of the Verm on the clit sans rope
Apr 14, 2007
Crux is right off the ground, no reason not to boulder it unless you are really short (little reachy between giant horizontals).
Aug 28, 2008
It was tough getting from the first jug to the second. Had to actually jump for it. Would hate to slip near the top bouldering. If you miss the last hold it's a pretty good drop to the sand or a crash pad.
Aug 17, 2010
This is 100% a boulder problem. Is there any way to change the existing route from the YDS to Hueco? Great route.
Jan 12, 2020