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Cause for Alarm 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Martinez, Douglas, Star '04
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Submitted By: Craig Martin on Aug 1, 2007

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  • Description 

    This is a great, tightly bolted route on good rock. Crux is pulling past the third bolt, followed by cruiser climbing up alternating corners.

    There is a second pitch to this route called Brainless Conformants, 5.11a.


    This route is on the south face of Tower One. Just to the right of Sinbad (Ruckman guide), which is the obvious giant left facing corner.


    60 meter rope, Helmet, 12 bolts and a two bolt anchor.

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    By Robert MacKinnon
    Jul 31, 2008
    rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

    A fantastic route with variety and exposure!
    I agree that the crux is just after the third bolt and then the route eases up a bit, while the exposure increases.
    By Zirkel
    From: Bishop, CA
    Jul 31, 2008

    Agree with above comment. WAY fun route -- diverse and exposed climbing. Stepping up to the anchors was wild. If you can find it, do it!
    By grego
    From: SLC, Utah
    Aug 21, 2009

    Awesome route. We did the second pitch as well which is super fun. I'm not sure why they don't mention that this is a rare two-pitch fully bolted amazing route. Super exposed and kinda scary.
    By Tim Wolfe
    From: Salt Lake City, UT
    Apr 23, 2012
    rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

    Great line, fun moves with and neat bit right up the arete itself. If you do this jump on pitch 2. The second pitch is barely much harder and the its crux had 3 bolts in 8 feet right off the belay.
    By Landon McBrayer
    From: Salt Lake City, UT
    Jul 23, 2013

    I think this pitch is so-so. Nothing special. It is worth doing however, just to get to the pitch above, which is fantastic.
    By split161
    Sep 7, 2013
    rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

    cool route, a lot of fun!!...although I thought the climbing to be around 9+...tons of good holds, stances and rests. thanks for putting up all these routes!! will have to check out the 2nd pitch next time!
    By Boissal
    From: Small Lake, UT
    Sep 7, 2013
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    Dude you're so hard. Downgrading Hellgate is so 5 years ago so...
    By split161
    Sep 7, 2013
    rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

    Just being honest, ran into three parties who climbed it and felt the same that day...not trying to take anything away from the route.

    Hellgate grade inflation is so 5 years ago so...
    By Boissal
    From: Small Lake, UT
    Sep 8, 2013
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    And original at that...
    It's not grade inflation, it's subjectivity and the Martinez way. At least his shit is consistently soft. How hard do you think this pitch would be in the Gunks? In Maple?
    By skiandclimb
    Jul 25, 2015
    rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

    Bouldery crux at 3rd bolt is short and fun. Felt more like .10a to me and very closely (over) bolted compared to the original routes at Hellgate. Great rock with good rests at most bolts. Good warm-up route.

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