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Apollo Reed S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
BC S 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Journeyman S 5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b
Mercy Seat, The S 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Metz Hill Parking S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Obitchuary S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Pod S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Reckless Abandon S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Still Life S 5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b
Super Pod S 5.14d 9a 35 XI 36 E10 7c
Surfer Rosa S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Tobacco Road S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Porter Jarrard, 1992
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Shared By: Eddie Avallone on Apr 1, 2008
Admins: Pnelson, Ladd, Vicki Schwantes, Jake Jones, Shawn Heath

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Climb Apollo past the second bolt; bear left to blocky pinches below roof. Climb left bolt line past jugs to a hard move to get established in a dihedral. Make a cruxy clip to a big move up and left to a jug.

Race through sequential mini-jugs to the "mercy seat" in the bottom of the big dihedral 1 bolt from the finish. Here it is, self-explanatory throwing up the dihedral required. Very fun!

Depending on your style, this route will might be harder than Pod, and is definitely MUCH harder than Apollo Reed.


Climb Apollo to 2nd bolt and bear left.


Fixed chains! 9 in all.


Not that it matters but I felt it was about 13a up to the "seat". You can do the final move either static or dynamic, but it takes more strength to set the static stance. Sep 29, 2014
Vandalia, Appalachia
camhead   Vandalia, Appalachia
Getting into the lower corner is one of the most awkward moves I've ever done on a sport route: crimp-gastoning tiny pebbles and thrutching up with feet way below.

The final crux is just plain fun. May 23, 2012
LeeAB Brinckerhoff
LeeAB Brinckerhoff   ABQ, NM  
Significantly fewer moves than Apollo Reed but with 2 sections that are harder than anything on Apollo in each corner. Oct 31, 2009
Andrew Freeman
Brookline, MA
Andrew Freeman   Brookline, MA
The crux up top is so fun, it's almost stupid. Definitely a significant step up from apollo. I'd say around 12c to a steep rest, to a V4/5, though low percentage. Jun 3, 2009