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Clear the Deck 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c X

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Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c X [details]
FA: [Eric Guokas led, 1983]
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Submitted By: Pinklebear on Nov 7, 2001

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  • Description 

    This is a "direct" (straight-up) start to Guenese which is most-often top-roped off the double-bolt anchors below the roof band, hence the proliferation of chalk on the holds. It climbs the rounded pillar feature down and right of the start of Guenese before tackling a cruxy leftwards traverse that leads into the upper half of the first pitch of Guenese.

    Some shaky psychological pro can be placed in a loose flake down and right before starting the traverse, but it's more likely to whack you in the face than hold a fall. Thankfully, the holds are positive and the deck is a mere 30+ feet away.


    You can't get much in besides psychological pro --the smallest TCU you have (Metolius #00) and an RP or two go behind some horribly flexing flakes. Once you reach Guenese you'll need a mid-range cam and some quickdraws for the bolts.

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    By Joe Huggins
    From: Grand Junction
    Feb 14, 2002

    I remember belaying Eric on this, it was real scary. He used Chouinard Cracknups for pro. Good thing he didn't fall.
    By Ken Cangi
    From: Eldorado Springs, CO
    Jul 16, 2005

    Lead this thing onsight with a few draws and small wires. Never used the wires. Basically soloed it except for clipping the bolt on high on Guenese. Told my belayer (Boulos) to feed a bunch of rope out and stay out of the fall zone so I didn't kill us both if I blew it. All went well.

    P.S. Matt says "deck is a mere 30+ feet away", although he neglects to mention that the landing zone is a razor-edged rock-band jutting straight up at you. Falling from even 10 feet up could be deadly.
    By slevin
    Jul 17, 2006


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