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As the Crow Flies 

YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: david baker on Jan 31, 2006

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As the Crow flys is directly south of The Tower. This fun sport route is straight forward with good hands and feet. There are four bolts that are reasonably spaced. The crux comes after the third bolt. There is a stemming lie back on a large flake. The climb finishes on a large ledge. You can start the climb from the ground or scramble up to the ledge below the first bolt.


4 quick draws Bolt anchor with rap rings

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By johnnydanger
From: California
Jan 21, 2011

If you're just getting into leading and are a pretty strong climber, then this is the climb for you. Super fun mix of moves. One of my first leads and loved it.
By RockyR
From: Encinitas, CA
Aug 12, 2011

Till this day, I enjoy this climb! This was my 2nd sport lead route. Super fun!
By RockyR
From: Encinitas, CA
May 26, 2012

3.5.12 TR Solo running laps on the route
By Adam Stackhouse
May 26, 2012

I'd like you to show me how you do that Raquel!
By RockyR
From: Encinitas, CA
May 29, 2012

Hi Adam,

I use two mini traxion. One on the belay loop and one on a chest sling. I use my back pack to weigh the rope at the end. It is tough to find partners during the week, so I started looking into TR solo. When I am able to find a route that I can access from above and set the TR, I can work on my breathing and footwork. It's so much fun! :)
By lifeblack
Jun 4, 2012

Raquel, when you're doing a solo TR, do you ever get concerned that since the rope remains in place while you climb, any wear across a sharp edge or rough spot gets focused at one point? I was looking through petzl's website for solo belay options, and although they don't specifically mention that as a problem, it's something I was wondering about.
By k-laminero
Jun 12, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

My first lead.
Always fun. Took me two tries (on different days) to get through the crux (in between 3rd and 4th bolt).
After the forth bolt, traverse on the ledge and go to the top on the left. Makes thing a bit easier IMO.
By RockyR
From: Encinitas, CA
Jun 17, 2012

In response to lifeblack. I pick and choose routes that I am aware of how the rope will be laying on the rock during my climbs. Yes, I pay attention to the rocks surface when creating my anchor up top and how I will be climbing. I have made modifications on my TR rig as well. So, as of right now I pick and choose climbs that I am familiar with. Honestly I got the TR rig as I prefer climbing outdoors. Do not have gym membership. Thanks::ROCKY :)

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