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Bombs Away T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Cane Toad T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Khoday Neer T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Louvre T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sport Route -1 S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
To Bee or Not to Bee T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Type: Sport, 35 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: T T Niranjan on Apr 8, 2017
Admins: Gokul

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Description

This is the sport route to the immediate right of the rap descent (base).

BTP has several sport routes, many of them with rusty bolts and surfaces that are dirty. I would think most people who end up in BTP would come here primarily for the top-class trad climbing, with the sport routes being mere after-thoughts/fillers after you have done some classics and descended and have time to add some sport climbing.

With that assumption, for numbering, I am counting rightwards, starting with the rap descent as Zero. To its immediate right are Routes -1 and -2.

Route -1 is very helpful to know. This is because in the 4-5 times that I have rapped off here with half ropes, the rope tends to get stuck in about half the times. The last time it was pretty bad, the rope behind the knot bunched up and got stuck in the ledge mid-way. This sport route will help you climb up with the other half rope and clear the stuck rope.

Having given all these caveats, and this climb being incidental, reluctant climb to us, after climbing the route, Bharath, at that point among India's top competitive climbers remarked that he did like the climb very much and he too was surprised by that. So maybe it is a high quality climb in its own right!

Location

Immediately to the right of the rap off exit at the base. North-West orientation.

Protection

4 bolts, gets harder as you go up. No anchor station, but the you can walk to the left side pretty safely to clear the stuck rope.

Descent: the fourth bolt has a carabiner or ring, lower/rap off and clean the previous bolts as you descend

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