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Blue Note S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Bowling Ball, The S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
French Letter S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
My Favorite Thing S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Type: Sport, 40 ft
FA: Kreal and Von Wald, 4/89
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Shared By: snowhazed on Oct 25, 2008
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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A couple of aggressive stand ups on big knobs with micro edges for hands. Crux above second bolt.


Left most route on the main face of the Blocks.


4 bolts.


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Stout for 10b. I also had the thought that a couple of the original crimps may have pulled off given the coloration of the rock and the texture of the crimps as they are now, but it's hard to say. We found it significantly more challenging than Candyland (10c). Oct 9, 2017
Kelley Gilleran
Sacramento, Ca
Kelley Gilleran   Sacramento, Ca
Agreed. Crux is low on the route. Pretty solid granite I doubt anything broke. Plus the stand up move on my favorite thing is way harder than anything on blue note and it only gets .10d Apr 25, 2016
Oakland, Ca
snowhazed   Oakland, Ca
Compare grades for the Spires, it's definitely easier than Candyland at 10c Apr 25, 2016
Colonel Mustard
Sacramento, CA
Colonel Mustard   Sacramento, CA
I could maybe see a letter grade or two adjustment, but this is simply not a 5.11 anything. How do I know, you ask? I onsighted it.

Those 1/4" button heads up to the fifth bolt (which is upgraded hardware) lent a little urgency to my lead. When I got the third button head clipped, I felt good because I thought "hey, both won't pull... right?" (you would deck from the 2nd).

Patina crimping, high foot rock overs, and some traversing into a bit o' knob heaven... Not a bad climb! Apr 19, 2016
Short Fall Sean
Flagstaff, AZ
Short Fall Sean   Flagstaff, AZ
Agreed that this felt real stout for 10b. Apr 12, 2016
I don't know if something fell off, but the crux for me was after the 3rd bolt.. You get the small (but positive) knob, and then there's nothing for hands or feet. (Except super tiny micro edges..) Definitely more difficult than a .10b. Aug 12, 2015