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Buffalo Power 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Bryson Slothower on Mar 3, 2006

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At the crux

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Varied sport route just left of where the trail meets the base of the crag. Start out in a corner, move left on the face above.



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By Wolfgang Braun
From: Beavercreek, Oregon
Oct 17, 2008
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Best route on Koala Rock. Good holds lead to the lieback crux with bad feet, then more good holds to the anchor.
By JoannaH
Oct 12, 2009
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Super-fun and super-varied route. Excellent stemming at the bottom, then a little bit of face climbing (with a couple fun traverse moves if you choose) onto a ledge to rest up for the high-footed lie-back crux, then easing onto a happily nubbed face.
By pdxuller
Jan 21, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Fun route, but relatively short and more like .10-
By Tony Litke
From: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Mar 4, 2015
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Possibly one of my favorites at Smith. It felt off the beaten path (which I like), has a hand jam that drew blood (which I also like), and I felt some strange power come over me when I finished it (Buffalo Power).
By DanLing
Nov 8, 2015

Really great route. Quality moves from start to finish I agree it is probably more like 10a than 10c
By Phildlm
Mar 26, 2017

If this was on morning glory wall it would see non-stop traffic. It's a FUN route, varied, very well bolted. There is some rope drag when lowering at the top but we just lowered off anyway. Is it really 10c? Well it's not a pumpy route because there are a few good rests, and the crux is 2 moves mid-way at the lie-back. There are 10b's that are noticeably harder than this (e.g. BBQ the Pope, Wedding day) but IMO those are under-graded for the difficulty. This is what a 10c is supposed to be (similar to fish n chips).
By Jacob Sustrich
May 31, 2017
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Super fun crux and probably not quite 10c, definitely worth the climb. Interested to hear if anyone actually jams up the crux

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