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Coral Sea 

YDS: 5.13b French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 30 British: E7 6c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.13b French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 30 British: E7 6c [details]
FA: Ward Smith, April, 1997
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Submitted By: Jay Knower on Oct 2, 2006

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Coral Sea, see!


The crux of Coral Sea is like climbing a refrigerator. It involves a bear hug sequence in which both hands use side-pull slopers with the friction and position of the edges of your fridge.

Once established over the roof, the flat sidepulls continue for many more moves. After 15 feet or so, a crimp offers a chance to actually grab onto something. Despite its small nature, it feels like a jug. The climbing remains pumpy to the end.

This is perhaps one of the most friction dependant climbs on the wall. Flat slopers, underclings, and weird foot sequences set Coral Sea apart as a unique classic.


Climb up the ladder if it is there. Otherwise, climb the start of Techno then angle right to the big E-Ticket ledge. Four climbs start from tis raised ledge. Coral is the second route from the right.


8 Bolts--Many chose to stick clip the second bolt. This is the bolt way up over the lip.

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Rock Climbing Photo: The route really doesn't let up until this sidepul...
The route really doesn't let up until this sidepul...
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown very strong climber on Coral Sea
Unknown very strong climber on Coral Sea
Rock Climbing Photo: Pumpy climbing high on the route.
Pumpy climbing high on the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: The crux of Coral.
The crux of Coral.

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By M Sprague
From: New England
Feb 5, 2013
rating: 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c

A slightly harder variation is to finish out the roof via Man Overboard. It probably makes it a 13c. FA - John Mallery. He had a name for it, but I can't remember it.
By Echoinfi
Aug 13, 2013

Overseas Tides is the name of that link up between Coral and Man Over. It's definitely an obvious line of climbing right through the heart of the crag, but has a big rest in the middle. I pretty sure I did the SA after John. I heard Chris Sharma onsighted this link up on one of his visits to the cliff.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Mar 6, 2017

I've been working on this thing a bit lately and I guess I need to geek out for a sec. I had heard rumor of a foothold breaking years back which according to my source (Jay Knower? I forget.) made the crux compression section considerably more challenging. I figured I'd bring it up since I am personally finding this one to be harder than Cote D'azure just to the right but it seems no one has suggested an upgrade.

I am not a power climber as a rule so that could be a thing.
I understand that it doesn't matter what the grade is... Gotta climb them all.


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