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Acid Rain T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Birthday Boy T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lego S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Scraps T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Stereotypic Behavior T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Technicon S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Trad Line T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Vise Grips T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: G. Lowe, long ago.
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Shared By: Tony B on Jun 29, 2016
Admins: grk10vq, WAGbag, Mike Engle

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Description

This is a pretty decent climb. The difficulty overall and the crux are both determined by the precise path you take, but the way we did it felt to be in the lower 5.10 range. The rock was pretty solid and good gear opportunity was plentiful enough to keep a a leader safe even if pushing their limits. Though the book suggests a difficulty of "10/11" I failed to find a line any harder than 5.10-. I thought it was fairly similar in grade to 'Acid Rain.'
Start off in the smaller cracks and some edges, about 5.9 (?) then continue up moderate climbing toward an inset with many crack options. We took the most direct line and encountered a crux bulge about 1/2 way up the only felt 5.10-. Belay up top, then rap down as for Lego.

Location

This climb ascends the center of the West Face via a trad line. It is the obvious crack system to the left of the huge roofs of 'Vice Grips' and just right of the bolted line (and popular warm-up), 'Lego.'
Start on finger cracks and face holds and finish on jams and buckets.

Protection

A standard rack from nuts to cams. A double set of cams might be useful if you place a lot of gear.

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Miguel D
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Miguel D   SLC
 
Takes mostly small gear. Pretty fun Jun 12, 2017