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YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Mark Strege
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Brad Boner on Jan 31, 2003

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This route climbs the bolted face just to the left of "France by Chance", and this is a good one. The route involves very specific moves in the first 15-18 feet, and the only rest is on an awkward ledge just to the right of the third bolt. The climbing eases up after the fourth bolt. Anchors were placed 10-12 feet below the rim so jackass vandels can't get to 'em. Mark thinks this one climbs at 5.11a on toprope and 5.11b on lead. So for those of you who want something new and challenging at Falling Rock, this is the one to get on.


5-6 bolts + anchors

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 11, 2003

When clipping bolts the route is either 5.11a or 5.11b. A top rope rating can not be applied unless gear is placed. Bottom line is the route is one oe the other!!!!!
By Brad Boner
May 10, 2003

If you say so...
By Dan Dewell
May 13, 2003

A route has no grade when you toprope? I have not done the route yet, but I'm guessing it still has a rating on TR. Some think a route is harder on lead, but it must have a rating (regardless of the method of ascent). Thanks for the information on the route, Brad.
By Brad Boner
May 20, 2003

I definately see your point. But consider this: is a route 5.11a for me because i'm 6'1 and 5.11b for someone 4-6 inches shorter than i am? in many cases, absolutely. in others, not so much. and i can honestly say that i have climbed more than one route that felt a little harder on lead than it did on top rope (and i do mean a little: a/b) because the route is very pumpy and clipping the hangers then the rope while locking off turns the burn on... on toprope you just fire right through... my point is (and i don't think i'm alone here) that route ratings are very subjective... the person who put it up makes a statement of what he/she thinks the difficulty is, and it's up to other climbers to ascend and either confirm/fine-tune the rating...
By Brad Boner
May 20, 2003

and, oh yes, ditto on the "have fun" part!
By Kai Segrud
Apr 21, 2006
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

Is this the route with the yellowish limestone colored hangers or is it the one just to the right of it? It looks like this guy is using the anchors for the yellowish ones but they're so close together..
By Eric Krantz
From: Black Hills
May 5, 2006

Looks like this photo of Rick (photo 1 on mar 14) is taken on a route to the right of garden party (see the tree/anchor), if he raps straight down he'll drop over the little "Blockhead" roof. I think this is "one-finger solution" (?) and it does goes at 5.11 and is very sequential and really fun and oh-so-close.... (Thanks Mark!)

Adaptation would be to the left of this climber about 80 feet (near the left edge of the cliff in this photo). And the anchors truly are 10-15 feet below the rim as in Brad's description, not like you see in this photo. You can't get to the anchors of Adaptation by reaching down over the rim unless you're rubber man. You can rap down the Garden Party tree and go all the way to the left (facing the cliff), the last bolts you see are Adaptation, further left will get you into not-so-good rock.

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