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Black Sea aka The Dead Sea V8 7B
Dark Continent V7 7A+
Gurkha Knife V9 7C
Type: Boulder, 15 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Christian Prellwitz on May 16, 2014
Admins: Aeon Aki, Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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This is an oustanding technical climb requiring good crimp strength and footwork. It climbs absolutely perfect black rock. The kind of rock that makes Joe's Valley so special.

Start sitting (more like crouching) on the obvious edge/rail on the right side of the face. Move left and then up via small crimpers, slots and slopey edges and very technical footwork.

This climb is very sustained and does not let up until you are on top.

This problem was originally called 'The Dead Sea' by Jason Kehl and company, who discovered and cleaned the line. You can see the original footage here:…


This problem is located downhill and to the right of 'Dark Continent'. It can be approached from those problems or directly from the parking. It is the obvious black vertical face on the right side of the drainage where all the boulders are.


A few pads are ideal. A spotter is nice though not necessary.


Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO
Personally, I think this climb is phenomenal. More people should climb this thing. I never see anyone on it.

Many people think it is hard for the grade. It felt like v8 to me. Maybe stiff v8. Hopefully, some people will contribute their opinions and we'll get a consensus.

On a side note, my beta for the opening sequence was slightly different than what is used in the video. May 16, 2014

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