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Bad Makeup (5.11c/5.9) S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Breaking Through the Layers S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Edge of the World S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Indian Summer T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Licorice Line T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pillar of Destiny S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rainy Day Surprise T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Shooting Star T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Supernova T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Updraft from Hell T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Zen-ith T,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Type: Trad, TR, 65 ft
FA: Micah Klesick, Bryan Smith, Ethan Vella
Page Views: 131 total, 3/month
Shared By: Micah Klesick on Sep 23, 2014
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

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Zen-ith is a great route with just enough spice to make it amazing. Head up the arete to the first bolt of "Breaking Through the Layers", and continue up and right into a nice fingers/thin hands crack. Continue up to where the crack gets wide and then ends. Place a final piece of gear in the crack, and make a move to a jug up on the right, where you can then clip a bolt on the upper face. The business starts here. Make a sustained series of slow and calculated moves (hence the "Zen(-ith)" on crimps and sidepulls, with heady foot smears, up and left towards the arete. The exposure is fun, and makes for a heady crux. Once established on the arete, clip the last bolt and head up to the anchors. Shares the anchor with Supernova, 5.9 trad, in the dihedral on the right.
The enjoyable Zen-ith crux can be climbed all sport by going up the first 4 bolts of Breaking Through the Layers, and then cutting up and over to the first bolt of Zen-ith. It doesn't really add any rope drag (though long slings won't hurt), and the fall is still safe.


Follows the right side of the arete forming a series of small roofs.


First bolt of "Breaking Through the Layers" and then I use a .5", 2", optional .75", and a 1" cam (or tcu) for the last piece before the first bolt on the upper face. Two gray bolts between the gear and the anchor.


Sweet, balancy moves through that bolted crux! Fantastic...and a wee bit spicy! Apr 26, 2015
Topher Dabrowski
Topher Dabrowski  
Three cams work great to protect the start of this route BD 0.75, 2 and 1 then it's off into bolt land Mar 27, 2015