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A Fistful of Potash 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

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Original:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Kyle Copeland
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Submitted By: Jared Brown on Mar 23, 2002

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  • Description 

    This route is just left of a slabby top-roping area on a small buttress that almost goes into the road. Climb up the slab past bolt and pitons to a short finger crack to a ledge with anchors. The slab is probably is harder for shorter people.


    A bolt and two fixed pitons at the start, a few finger sized cams for the upper crack.

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    By L. Hamilton
    Apr 5, 2002

    Clean rock, nice moves, plenty of pro (bring small to mid cams). Belayer can run for shelter if a truck heads too close.
    By Braxtron
    From: ...
    May 5, 2008
    rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

    Did this route again yesterday and it feels like solid 5.10 now. Edges on the first half are much more smooth (and the incipient crack is wider) than they were 4yrs ago due to all the traffic this route gets. It's very well-protected so don't be scurred. Gear to .75".

    Also, there are no longer any pitons. They were upgraded to standard bolts w/hangers a few years ago.
    By Rob C.
    From: Freeport, ME
    Oct 31, 2010
    rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

    Short and sweet. Solid Jams.
    By John Braun
    From: Hendersonville, NC
    May 9, 2011

    Anyone know what the bolted line is to the left of Fistful? It starts a few feet left, climbs the slab to the arete and up to the same anchors.
    By Joe Huggins
    From: Grand Junction
    Oct 26, 2011

    FA was Kyle Copeland
    By Skylar Smith
    Jun 16, 2012

    I would bring 2 #.3's - #.5's BD camalots, and a few slings.
    By Jenn Krogue
    From: Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jun 16, 2015

    Really fun mixed route!
    3 bolts up to finger to hands crack. Enjoy!
    By Michael Dom
    From: Seattle
    Dec 22, 2015
    rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

    A red and yellow c3 are all you need, along with draws.

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