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Cheap Shot 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Jay Smith, Paul Crawford (1982)
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Submitted By: Salamanizer suchoski on Dec 4, 2014

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Begin climbing up an often dirty broken up series of cracks to gain access to the shallow corner system above. Follow the cracks to a steep bulge where stemming and perfect hand jambs lead you to the anchors.


The start of Cheap Shot is located about 30ft to the right of Yankee Dog. Look for some broken up, dirty, and easy wide cracks that lead to a shallow right facing corner. This route is not that obvious until you're up climbing it, nor is it well traveled, but it's a worthy route for the adventurous climber breaking into the 5.10 range.


Cams, .4" - 2"

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By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Dec 4, 2014

I scrubbed this corner out 3 seasons ago looking for an FA but my dreams were crushed when I found the rusty Lost Arrow. Jay Smith told me he didn't remember leaving a pin but that the old 1986 white guidebook had an accurate drawing of the route, so I figured it was cheap shot once I took a second look.

Route is really quite cool and climbs steeper than it looks on great fingers. There are two scary loose blocks on it that are obvious but easy to climb around. They are a little wedged and I was unable to clean them. The route probably has less than 10 ascents. Maybe 5. Fairly safe, fingers cams are the key. Slung blocks on a ledge you can rap off, or continue up to the North Face scoop.
By MisterCattell Cattell
From: South Lake Tahoe, Ca
Jun 3, 2015

I think I might have done this line today, believe that I was on North Country. We ended up trundling one of these death blocks, and I never saw any of these blocks with tat which Caughtinside describes. Crux came at a small roof, but again, I really have no idea what I climbed this afternoon.
By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Jun 5, 2015

Cheap shot is mostly a plumb line with zero fixed gear. I recall the first pitch of north face having a bolt a pin or two and doing some wacky step right under a roof before turning it. It also had some loose stuff on it. Both are likely mungy. They only start like 15' apart I think.

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