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Blue Steel 

YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Townsend/Wicks
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Submitted By: old5ten on Feb 18, 2014

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Head up the well bolted line past a fun slab section to a finger crack roof (10b). Continue up the face to the anchor/mussy hooks.

An excellent route that features varied and sustained climbing.


From the toe of the slab scramble up and right to a prominent flake/block with a bush on its left. Watch rope ends on rap/lower!


14 bolts, mussy hook anchor. Watch rope ends on rap/lower!

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By James Barnett
From: Bishop Ca.
Mar 16, 2014

Great route with good climbing
By Todd Townsend
From: Bishop, CA
Apr 3, 2014
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Glad people are enjoying this one. Long draws can be useful on bolts 6 and 9 to reduce rope drag. However, I've led it with only short draws on all the bolts and it wasn't too bad. One note: the length of the route should say 35 meters, not 35 feet!
By old5ten
From: Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
Apr 21, 2014

yep, 35m not 35' - maybe someone can change the default setting on that, i didn't see an option, so it'll be 115'...
By Todd Townsend
From: Bishop, CA
Apr 22, 2014
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Thanks for the edit.
By Milo
Apr 6, 2015

I really liked this one.
By Pickles
From: Bishop, ca
Oct 11, 2015

the top caught me by surprise, I found the face/friction moves to be more difficult than the roof. Spoiler: between the third and second to the last bolts. Very good route.
By Tavis Ricksecker
May 27, 2016

Great route, Todd. Really enjoyed it.
By MisterE Wolfe
From: Bishop, CA
Jun 1, 2016

So fun - love this route! The moves are amazing through the roof, and the whole thing is a blast!

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