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Rock Climbing Photo: Floyd Hayes near the top of Ivory Coast on 20 Dece...
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By Eric Berghorn
From: Calistoga,CA
Jul 19, 2016
There are (at least) two ways to finish this route. The photo depicts the crack finish (which is the line of least resistance) 5.10a. The bolts protect the vast face out right of the crack. If you use crack to top out the bolts don't help much... They are awkward and hard to reach. They were not placed with the intention of protecting the crack. Bring a few medium to larger pieces to protect the crack if you chose this finish.

Leaving the crack and venturing out right to the face climbing keeps the climber on a more direct route to the summit. While it may seem contrived for some climbers to leave the relative ease of the crack version, my goal was to encourage others to commit to the challenges presented by the face climbing.
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Floyd Hayes near the top of Ivory Coast on 20 December 2013. Photo from a video by Andrew Taylor.

Submitted By: Floyd Hayes on Jun 3, 2016
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