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YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Jim McCarthy, Rich Goldstone
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Feb 17, 2007

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Simon on Balrog


Begin just down and left of the pillar/ledge from which Alley Oop and Dry Heaves start.

Climb up cracks aiming for the huge, hanging, right-facing corner. Pull up into this corner (crux), and continue to an anchor.


Standard rack.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Almost there.
Almost there.
Rock Climbing Photo: chris vultaggio on balrog
chris vultaggio on balrog
Rock Climbing Photo: I had trouble figuring out the tough crux; one han...
I had trouble figuring out the tough crux; one han...
Rock Climbing Photo: Placing gear at the crux ... fun climb!
Placing gear at the crux ... fun climb!
Rock Climbing Photo: moving into the crux
moving into the crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Balrog
Rock Climbing Photo: Tricia at the Balrog crux.
Tricia at the Balrog crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff Arliss contemplating the crux.
Jeff Arliss contemplating the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mark Mooradian on the approach.
Mark Mooradian on the approach.
Rock Climbing Photo: Just after the crux.
Just after the crux.

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By gblauer
From: Wayne, PA
Jun 21, 2010

Finally, a gunks climb that works better for shorties. One move wonder.
By BrianRH
From: Jersey City, NJ
Aug 15, 2011

Some solid 5.8 moves get you to the crux. Protection at the crux is bomber. Williams' description is about right: if you get the sequence wrong, you can easily make this 5.10 crux into a 5.11. Take your time and figure it out. Also the route is about 75 ft, not 750 ft...
By Simon Thompson
From: New Paltz, NY
Oct 20, 2013
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Sweet climb. The crux is hard to onsight if you're climbing near your limit but you get a great rest to figure it out from and the gear is bomber.
By kevin neville
From: Somerville, MA
May 27, 2014
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

There's currently a fixed nut at the crux. Totally G-rated.
By Pawel Janowski
From: WA
Sep 22, 2014
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

No fixed gear as of 9/14. Crux super well protected but bring small stuff (000 C3 or wires) for the vertical crack below the roof.
By crackatoa
From: Boulder,Co
Mar 17, 2016
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Crux is BETA INTENSIVE!! If you nail the sequence it really is very straightforward; if you are trying to muscle through the hard moves, you will find this to be very very hard!

Beta is available in forums if you want it, or if you think you can solve the riddle onsight go for it!

Sick climbing top to bottom.

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