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Type: Trad, TR, 40 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Pete Hunt on Aug 12, 2009
Admins: Kris Gorny, Chris treggE

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Straight up the center of the face on progressively harder moves until reaching the huge roof. Enter the roof using decent holds and surmount it with a mantle-y thing. Feet are mostly minimal and poor. Physical and hard, I don't think I've seen this one climbed smoothly. Well named.


Right up the center of the face, then up and left through the roof.


Standard TR set up. There is a vertical crack ~10' back from the edge which may be useful.

Leading would be quite a feat but placements may exist.


Pete Hunt  
Yeah, it's brutal! I have yet to see it be done gracefully. Mar 19, 2012
Doug Lintz
Kearney, NE
Doug Lintz   Kearney, NE
Pete, I do that too when posting new (to the site) routes.

I think the heel hook is key to getting your hands in the right spot, but releasing the hook and establishing yourself above the roof....ugh. Mar 4, 2012
Pete Hunt  
I agree it is tough the rating. When I'm the first to contribute a route I generally just put the established (guidebook) rating. (Edit: changed to 5.11a since I agree) Mar 4, 2012
Doug Lintz
Kearney, NE
Doug Lintz   Kearney, NE
Not a very good route IMO. Surmounting the roof is a grovelly hump and mantle with no footholds.

This was our last route of the day so maybe I was just tired but this felt more like an 5.11 to me. Sep 13, 2011