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Blood, Sweat and Chalk 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Jesse Morehouse on Jun 22, 2008

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Chalk and sweat, but no blood



A deservedly popular and possibly slightly sandbagged route. Steep sustained climbing on big holds.


From the first bunch of climbs ascend to the second tier (aka Impact Zone) and this is the first route you see right in front of you ascending an orange streaked face with lots of chalk on it.



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Rock Climbing Photo: At the 2nd to last bolt
At the 2nd to last bolt
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the far left of climbers on blood sweat ...
View from the far left of climbers on blood sweat ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Blood, Sweat, and Chalk.  Fun stuff.
Blood, Sweat, and Chalk. Fun stuff.

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By Jesse Coburn
From: Manchester, NH
Jul 24, 2008

sand bagged.. agreed. pumpy with a good rest before the chains but i'd agree with a 10a rating
By P. Sully
Sep 7, 2011

FA by Angie McGuinness in the early 90's
By wildabeast
May 8, 2013

Awesome route! Fun and pumpy with a "big" move super close to the top. The view is breathtaking at the top... tell your belayer to wait before lowering and take a look around! Definitely a must do.
By TyrelJ
From: Alexandria, VA
Aug 25, 2014

Great route, says 7 bolts but there are actually 9 bolts to the chains, glad we counted before going up or I would have been a few draws short and the top section is definitely harder.
By Matt Rhodin
From: Denver, CO
Mar 15, 2015

I think 5.9+ is fair. That rest right before the crux lets you shake out the pump from the first section. But without it I could agree with a 10a rating.
By Chip Loomis
Aug 18, 2017
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I have never cleaned with just clipping into the chains before this climb. Afterwards I did walk around up top and found the chains. To my surprised they were in a dangerous position. I don't know if pulling of the rope from below flung the chains wrong or if cleaning a top rope set up caused the chains to get in a potentially dangerous situation. The triangular shunts that anchor in the chains have a little gap and if the chains are in that gap instead of their proper position, a strong top rope fall could definitely pull the chains through one of them. the other did not seem to have as much of a gap but still... (I di not have my camera on me to get a pic of what I am talking about)
By Lindsay
Sep 7, 2017

Really fun climb! I thought that 5.9+ was also fair. I will say that some of the rock sounded pretty hollow and not super solid midway up the route. Definitely worth doing, but half way up I really wished my belayer had a helmet. If you don't have a helmet, you'll probably be fine, but just wanted to put that out there.

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