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Block party T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Divergent Crack T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Down South TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
North Country Corner T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
North Country Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Oil Slick TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Slap Arete? T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Slot, The T,TR 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Sore Toes T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
South County Crack T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Vicelord, The T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Type: Trad, TR, 25 ft
FA: ??
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Shared By: Burt Lindquist on Jul 12, 2010
Admins: Burt Lindquist, Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE

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Description

The obvious arete right of Divergent Crack. It's labeled route #4 in the new Swartling/Mayer guide.
The description in this guide is accurate but I think the difficulty is a bit under-rated and especially if one attempts to stay strictly on the left side of the arete and doesn't reach over right around the corner (maybe mid 5.11?). If one climbs the arete straight on utilizing holds left and right it's possibly 5.9. If one traverses around the corner after making the initial moves up and off the block then utilizing the projecting horn then its 5.6 to 5.7. Finish this variation by stepping back left after avoiding and getting above the hard strict arete moves. I ended up on-sighting the easier variation on lead but worked the arete itself on TR. This thing is short and really just a protectable boulder problem but to boulder it only would be nasty in the landing (big pointy rotten tree stump). It's a fun and worth the effort route I think.

Location

North Slope- West Bluff #4 in latest guide but is un-named.. Thought I would give it one..

Protection

Small to medium cams, small to medium wires. Next to smallest C3 to protect the last moves up the Slap Arete (shallow vertical fissure before blank rock on arete's left side).

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Ben Scheele
Burnsville, MN
  5.9
Ben Scheele   Burnsville, MN
  5.9
The landing is a little better now, as the nasty, pointy, rotten tree stump is gone now. I just about went down the hill when I leaned on it. I agree that it is a lot harder than 5.7 if you stick to the arete. very slopey stuff, with some dynamic, atypical moves for Devil's Lake. I liked it (on toprope). A good hot weather climb. I also think the name is good, and fits the theme of the climb. May 28, 2012