Avg: 2.7 from 3 votes
Routes in Building Blocks - West
|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.|
|Page Views:||111 total, 6/month|
|Shared By:||Tony B on Jun 29, 2016|
|Admins:||grk10vq, WAGbag, Mike Engle|
DescriptionThis 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.
LocationThis 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.
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