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YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c

Type:  Sport, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
FA: Luke Bertelsen, Kemper Brightman - February 2017
New Route: Yes
Season: Winter --> Spring
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Submitted By: Luke Bertelsen on Mar 27, 2017

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At the start just past the no hands ledge.


It's no alternative fact that this route is amazing. At the start of cleaning we just weren't sure what this section of wall would yield.

When it was all over we were blown away to have found this gem in a sea of somewhat dubious rock. This route should not be missed!

Begin below a ledge and climb three bolts worth of intro climbing. Standing on the ledge you can see how the wall arcs from slab to vertical to overhung. The difficulty follows this cadence beginning with balanced slab which leads to vertical edge pulling before you are staring down a devious and dynamic three bolt crux section involving compression, high feet, and a long toss to a shark's tooth crimp. Solve your way through the crux and you are rewarded with an amazing 25ft. of slab before you clip the chains at the top of the cliff.

This just brushes into the 5.13 grade and it is a total blast to climb.


This is currently the left most fully bolted climb at the expansion pack.


12 bolts to lower-offs.

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By mikeerocks
Apr 2, 2017

awesome route guys, haven't had the chance to try it myself. I'm glad someone else thought this cliff was worth the effort, I put up the mixed line just left of yours so I know the cleaning was intense. Id like to know what your future plans are with this place???
By 1Eric Rhicard
Apr 3, 2017

Luke, Kemper meet Mike, he is super cool and works hard at developing good routes. He helped Jim and I at the Headstones. If you guys work together you will have fun and develop some good stuff.
By Luke Bertelsen
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 3, 2017

Thanks, Eric. I reached out to Mike this weekend. We have a few lines left at the Expansion Pack. Unfortunately that darned lower elevation rock doesn't always cooperate. I would have sworn we'd get more lines at this cliff, but some of it is scary rotten and not safe, IMO so we are passing over some lines that would have been really nice if the rock had been better.
By Kemper Brightman
From: Tucson
Apr 12, 2017

This route is definitely the crown jewel of the area. Flowy, gym style climbing through the lower section sucks you into the puzzle of a crux. A technical slab at the top rounds the whole experience out. Cant wait to get back on this!

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