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Blood Meridian 

YDS: 5.12+ French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.12+ French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: JBaker, Todd McGregor (Apr, 2003)
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Submitted By: jbak on Mar 21, 2006

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Finishing the first crux of Blood. If a climb tha...


Very physical route that's burly from bottom to top and has lots of good footwork. Overhangs about 30 degrees. The moves at the bottom of the crack put the "P" in Power layback.


Just right of the cleaver-like arete two routes share a start. NO WAR branches left to the arete, Blood Meridian heads for the left-leaning crack.


Bolts and chains with biners.

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By jbak
Feb 26, 2009

A very tough FA for me. I don't know how many tries I put in...but it was alot. My fat fingers just don't work well with the crux holds. I was about to give up on the route when Monica Wang asked me if she could give it a go. She had taken a couple of TR runs, but wanted to lead it. I said " it". And she came within a whisker of sending. That energized me enough to give it one more go...and I got it. This route seems WAY harder than Milanoma to me.

If you are a fan of Cormac McCarthy, you may get a grin out of the juxtaposition of this route and "No War".
By Aleix
Feb 26, 2009

I knew it, HAD to be a fan of Cormac McCarthy...
Congrats John :-)
By JoeS
May 8, 2010

Although rarely done, this route is very good. Dan Lucas says it's the best route at the beach.
By jbak
Oct 8, 2010

And kNad knows.
By Dominic Weinstock
Dec 21, 2013
rating: 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b

Damn good route....damn beautiful high tension move after the other.
By Luke Bertelsen
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 6, 2015
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Pretty darn good route. I can't believe I made it out to The Beach probably 20 times before ever getting on this one. IMO this climb is the same difficulty as Milanoma only there is not a single small hold on the entire climb.
By jbak
Mar 6, 2015

Interesting comments Luke. If I hadn't cursed this route with a 12+ rating it would probably be more popular. IMO it's as good or better than Milanoma or Solar, but never gets done. And I won't argue with Dan Lucas when he says it's the best route there.

I sent both this route and Milanoma back in the 02-03 winter season when I was in pretty good shape. Milanoma seemed almost easy, Blood felt 1.5 to 2 letter grades harder. TO ME. One played to my strengths (few though they are) and the other exposed my many weaknesses.
By Luke Bertelsen
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 9, 2015
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

John, it's funny you mentioned one route being your style and the other not as much. I guess I feel pretty much the opposite about the two routes in terms of which suits me more. Both are fantastic. We've been hitting this place pretty hard this season. We finally got smart and learned not to even show up until it is in full shade. If you follow that rule the late afternoons/ early evenings are amazing out there.
By JSchultz
Mar 5, 2017
rating: 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b

Excellent climb having two totally different sections. One overhanging with jugs and crimps, the other power laybacking with the link between being the crux for me.
By jbak
Mar 8, 2017

Dear climbing comrade...thank for your words of kindness... may your forearms always be refresh at crux of your bold flashing !

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