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9 Lives 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Steve Hong
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Submitted By: Mike Sokoloff on Apr 3, 2002

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RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek MORE INFO >>>


This is one of my favorites. Starts out good hands and slowly narrows to thin hands and eventually fingerstacks, which is the crux. It then pulls a cool traverse to a rest and finishes on a #3 Camalot sized crack through a roof. This route is found on the leftmost prow of Cat Wall. Don't miss it!


Heavy on hands, thin hands, and wide fingers sizes. A few smaller pieces but nothing micro or bigger than a #3 Camalot.

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Megan placing gear on 9 Lives
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By Anonymous Coward
Sep 7, 2004

this might just be the best 12a pitch on thr planet - it's long and has everything from fingers to fists to face climbing. Huck the gnar!
By camhead
From: Vandalia, Appalachia
Oct 28, 2006
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

(warning: more grade wankery at the creek)
This is one of the all time best routes I've done at the Creek. I've got to say that, unless blue camalots are perfect hands for you, there is no way that this is .12a. Even the .11+ rating in Bloom's guide seems pretty generous.
By Adam Peters
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 23, 2007

I didn't realize there were grades at the creek?
By FatFistTim
Nov 5, 2007

This is most definitely not 5.12 or 5.11+ for that matter. Its just good and pumpy, I would rate it a solid 5.11.
By Monty
From: Golden, CO
Apr 21, 2008
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

harder for us big handed folk. great route, definately one of my favorites at the creek
By Lon Black
Nov 30, 2009

Soooo good. Solid 11. You will be smiling ear to ear when you finish this pitch.
By Gaar
From: Springdale / Zion UT / Moab
Nov 15, 2010
rating: 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a

This is a far cry from 5.12!! I think 5.11b/c is good.. There is not one single hard move on it, and when it gets thin before the ledge, you get 2 bomber jams to rest and place (if you want) from.

Best route in the creek!!
70m works
By slim
Nov 17, 2010
rating: 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a

this is a good route, but there are 2 things that detract from it being on my 5 star mega route list - length (my 5 star rating requires 150 feet), and the bivy ledge near the top (no rest for the wicked). but this still isn't enough detraction for me to gladly give it 4 stars on MP. a really fun route.
By Aaron Livingston
From: Moab, UT
Oct 30, 2015
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

Even with my meaty mitts this thing barely get's 11+, you'd have to have some monster hands for this to come anywhere close to 12-. The thin hands is basically steep tight #2's or big #1's. Either cam works but the #1 is more likely to be removed easily. One of my new favorites at the Creek! A real gem.

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