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Cougar Leverage

5.9+, Sport, 50 ft (15 m),  Avg: 1.8 from 12 votes
FA: Curtis Baird, Jonathan Gerst (2019)
N Carolina > 1. Southern Mou… > Melrose Mtn. Cl… > W Cliff - Main

Description

Move past 4th bolt is crux.

Protection

4 bolts to anchors.

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Cougar Leverage
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Pulling crux on Cougar Leverage
[Hide Photo] Pulling crux on Cougar Leverage
Ian Burman and James Herb at start of Cougar Leverage
[Hide Photo] Ian Burman and James Herb at start of Cougar Leverage
Curtis Baird ground up first ascent and drilling on Cougar Leverage.  Climber in background is on Music Seeping Through.
[Hide Photo] Curtis Baird ground up first ascent and drilling on Cougar Leverage. Climber in background is on Music Seeping Through.

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Mike R
 
[Hide Comment] Cool features, hope it cleans up more. Jan 10, 2020
Adam Gallimore
Sylva
  5.9+
[Hide Comment] Ok route. Of the slabs, this is the best one. Mar 22, 2020
Steve Lineberry
Charlotte, NC
  5.9+
[Hide Comment] For me this felt like an easier version of Cabin Fever. The moves and crux were all very similar, just easier. Jun 8, 2020
[Hide Comment] The last bolt is loose, tightened as much as I could with my hand. Personally I find this route much harder than Feelin’ Good and Bee’s Tongue. Curious if anyone else feels that way? Jan 18, 2021
Steve Lineberry
Charlotte, NC
  5.9+
[Hide Comment] James, are you referring to the roof pull right below the anchors? Unsure of your height, but my son, who is 4'8" made the move on Cabin Fever first try but struggled with the reach on this one. He also worked Feelin' Good and eventually sent it and he flashed Bee's Tongue. So maybe it's a height/reach thing? As a 6'1" man, I felt like Cougar Leverage was the easiest out of all of these that I mentioned. Jan 19, 2021
[Hide Comment] Steve, yes I’m referring to the move right at the fourth bolt, pulling the ledge with both hands on the slopey rail (wouldn’t exactly call it a “roof”). I have also pulled it with left on the slopey rail and right hand on the lower crimp. I don’t think it’s a reach thing, I am 5’11” but have a +6 ape index. I just found this roof pull to take far more strength than any move on Feelin’ Good and Bee’s Tongue, as the holds are tiny on Cougar Leverage compared to all the moves of Feelin’ Good and Bee’s Tongue. I have tried all 3 of these routes on 3 different weekends and still have yet to send Cougar Leverage, and flashed Feelin’ Good and Bee’s Tongue and have been able to repeat them too. Regardless, it’s a fun route! Jan 23, 2021
Steve Lineberry
Charlotte, NC
  5.9+
[Hide Comment] interesting James, we were on it back in June and I'm wondering if a hold has broken or something. I know for one I broke a hold on Cabin Fever that same day back in June. Jan 25, 2021