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Routes in Lower Blair III

A Dream of Fat Antelope T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
A Horse Will Have To Do T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Arete Already T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bragging About Jesus S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bullwinkle T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Damit T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Empty Suit T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Five Finger Discount T,S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Go Left, Old Man, Go Left T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hard to Believe T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Inconvenient Angles T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Inferno Fog S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Inner Notch T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Intimidation T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Jogging Direct T,TR 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Jogging to Vedauwoo T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
La Femme Takeda T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
Ledge of the World, The T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Middle Notch T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Outer Dark T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Outer Notch T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Penetration T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Pretty Girls with Long Knives T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Putter T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Random Crystals T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Scratch the Surface T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Shit Talk (aka Gameday) T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
Sketch Palsy S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Son of a Wanted Man T 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Sweet Variation T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Take 5 T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Unicorn Exterminator T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Unremembered T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Type: Trad
FA: Cowan and Mattson, 1984
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Shared By: Johan Grahnen on Jun 25, 2011
Admins: Mike Snyder, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Aeon Aki

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Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 Details

Description

Somewhat misleadingly called a "sustained finger crack" in Kelman's 2003 guidebook, this route is more about technical stemming than finger locks. Climb the flake and slab up to the base of a dihedral with a tiny little crack in the back of it. Proceed up this corner on a few insecure jams and flakes/crystals for feet, and head left to a shelf when the crack pinches down. Above this tricky bit, the crack widens, first to fingers and finally to thin hands.

Location

This is left of Putter on Lower Blair III, right of Bragging About Jesus. Looking at the latter, skirt the cliff line toward the right through boulders. Work up and right until a large, triangular flake is encountered. The left-facing dihedral with the thin crack directly above leads to the chains.

Protection

The thinnest gear you can get your hands on. The smallest Camalot C3 is too large for protecting the crux. A few hand-sized pieces are useful for the start and finish. This has bolted anchors up top.

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Johan Grahnen
Palo Alto, CA
 
Johan Grahnen   Palo Alto, CA
 
As of late June 2011, one bolt in the anchor spins a bit and the hanger is loose. Could use some tightening with a wrench. Many flakes and crystals, particularly in the initial dihedral, were on the verge of coming off. Jun 26, 2011