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Chocolate Monkey 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Tony Becchio & Darren Odgers 3/28/14
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Tony Becchio on Sep 24, 2016

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Start approach to Rocky Top, after 15 seconds, instead of going right to Rocky Top,
turn left. 15 more seconds gets you to the base. Brutal approach!


After clipping the 1st. Bolt, mount the huge jutting ledge to the right. Cool holds gets you to the slab.
Go up & angle right towards the big jug on the arete, clip the 4th bolt, then ride the steep patina
edge/arete with a big reach to a jug at the end. Great fun!


5 bolts, 2 bolt anchor, rap

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By BAd
Oct 29, 2016
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

What a great route. I guess it's bad "ethics," but that key hold below the last bolt is a little loose. Epoxy, anyone? When that hold goes, I figure the route shoots into the 5.11 range. Oh, well. I took a couple of falls but finally got it. Can't wait to go back.

Thanks again, FA people!

By Stephen D
Sep 9, 2017

There's a key hold just right/below the last bolt that is quite loose, I'm not sure if it's the one somebody else posted about, but even with that hold this seemed like low 5.11 to me. At least it's a helluva lot harder than the other 10+'s in the area. Super rad (albeit short) line.
Highly recommend! Next time I'm getting the send!
By BAd
Sep 25, 2017
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Well, folks, the hold has broken. And the resulting hold is still pretty good, so I don't think the grade is at all changed. I think 10c is pretty spot on, although shorter climbers can add a letter or two to that. Such a fun outing. Could use some hooks up top. Get on it!


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