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Bag of Sand 

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

Type:  Sport
Original:  YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Scott Cherry and Chris Gill
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Submitted By: Anthony Stout on Aug 9, 2006

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Sam Briggs pulling the tricky mantle


Moderate climbing leads to a difficult mantle move, leading to a blank face then a thin finger crack at the finish.

In June 2017 two widowmaker trees leaning against the cliff were removed. In the removal, one of the trees knocked off the large, featured plate down low on this route.


Bolts to a two bolt anchor.

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By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jun 7, 2007
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

The mantle move is pretty awkward but also pretty cool once you figure it out. The upper crack is thin but offers a nice finger lock down low. Fun stuff!
By Daniel Trugman
From: La Jolla, CA
Jun 24, 2009
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

That mantle is absolutely bizarre and hard for me but it really is a fun, unique sequence. The top finger crack is really cool too and is the crux for some (shorter) people, but to me it seemed noticeably easier than the mantle.

The route name is a bit of a misnomer: 5.11- is more like it.
By skelldify
Sep 4, 2014

Have any shorter people figured out beta for the mantle? My wife swears it's impossible at 5'8" and -1 ape index...

Heh, at 6'1", +4.5 I've done it two different ways. :-)
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Sep 5, 2014
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Hey skelldify, my wife, at 5'5" with a -1 AI has beta for it that works. Problem is, we climb the route only a few times a year and have to relearn the beta each time. I tend to think it's a bit easier for short folks, actually. But 6'1" with a +4.5 AI would be nice too!

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