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Ruchert Motion

5.13a, Sport, 70 ft,  Avg: 3 from 2 votes
FA: Rick Thompson, Carl Samples 1994
W Virginia > New River Gorge > New River Gorge… > Beauty Mountain > 5) Burning Buttress
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Ruchert Motion is an excellent slabby testpiece that will test both your finger strength and edging ability. Definitely save this one for a cold, crisp day.

After figuring out the devious opening moves, intricate edging, pockets, and high stepping gradually builds to the crux around the 4th bolt: an ultra low-percentage rightward traverse toward a seam. There are several ways to do this, but about all of them will frustrate you in finding a critical right foot while holding onto quarter-pad slimpers. From the crux, continue with several more moves that you can definitely mess up before reaching the security of a finger crack.


Between Spiderwand/Wham Bam... and Burning Calves.


8 bolts to bolted anchor.

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[Hide Comment] This is a super good route, especially for folks who enjoy crimps and face climbing. However, I personally thought it was quite a bit harder than the guidebook implies it is when it says this is "light" in the grade. It is also NOT a purely footwork-oriented slab climb. You've got to bear down on some seriously tiny holds with no feet! Mar 4, 2018
Joseph DeGaetano
Fayetteville, WV but curren…
[Hide Comment] You is weak son @Pnelson/Camhead! Mar 4, 2018