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Blonde Ambition 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Tod Anderson
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Mar 20, 2001

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Kirsten starting into the crux.

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Starting off the ledge on the main wall and nearly directly above the approach pitch "Outta The Chute", Blonde Ambition may be the best route on the wall. Blonde Ambition shares a start with "Metamorphosis" but hangs a bit right heading for a large corner and block at the top. Alligator edges, handlebar incut flakes, and roof/corner distinguish the Blonde Ambition. A must do line on beautiful rock.


QDs only. Bring about a dozen QDs and something for the double bolt anchor at the top.

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By Henry Lester
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 16, 2003

We found the final crux (second to last bolt) to be quite hard and much harder than the variation of this route that goes left (and avoids the corner) for 4 bolts. My input is that this pitch is 12b - harder than Starting Blocks.
By Bill Ballace
From: Pullman,WA
May 26, 2005
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

I keep falling off the crux. I think that the toss is harder for short people
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Jul 19, 2008

A good route with fun moves, but sort of broken up and not any better than starting blocks IMHO. Man Chowder to the left is much better
By slim
Sep 24, 2013
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Really good route. The break in the middle lets you regroup before the upper section. The stretch just before the bulge kind of caught me off guard, harder than it looks. One slightly painful move at the bulge, but the last bit has super cool holds. Highly recommended.
By Lotapowder
From: Sandy
Jul 1, 2015

Great route. The first few bolts had some really fun climbing. The crux below the bulge was really hard for me 6'1" and not bad for my partner (squatty and easier if you are shorter), and the bulge was really hard for my partner 5'5" and not bad for me (big reach and easier if you are taller). I agree with Jay, Man Chowder is a better route.
By drewhouser
Sep 8, 2016

Best route at the wall!
By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Nov 26, 2016

The cold shuts were replaced 2016 and the anchor lowered to the lip, below the ledge so that the rope no longer has to run over the lip at the top of the wall. Still a great route 21 years later.

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