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Country Western Swing aka Mystery Blocks 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Andy Brown, 1989
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Submitted By: poundit14 on May 29, 2009

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A young Steve Bechtel doin' the 'Country Swing'.

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It is the obvious dike feature that snakes from left to right. Scramble up onto the slab to begin the route, the first bolt can be clipped from there. Move your way up the face on large, not so positive holds. At the third bolt, traverse right to the finish of Call Me Barney (the thin crack), and top out. This is a rad climb that flows nicely.


This is about 30 feet left of The Rookie, and finishes at the top of Call Me Barney.


3 quickdraws for the the bolts and bring slings for the anchors, to minimize drag, since the bolts are about 4 feet past the lip.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Country Swing, 2007.  Actually logically finishes ...
Country Swing, 2007. Actually logically finishes ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Country Swing, 2007.
Country Swing, 2007.

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By Dave Bohn aka "Old Fart"
Jun 18, 2009

Hopefully somebody has tightened all the ancient bolts since my last time up it in '95. At that point, they were all spinners, and I knew I was probably at the crux when I clipped the lousiest bolt of them all.

You might want to have 1 or 2 pieces of 3/4 to 1" gear to protect the crack after the pumpy overhanging bolted start to get to the anchors.
By poundit14
From: Laramie, WY
Jun 20, 2009

The bolts have been replaced, or at least they are not the spinners you described.
By andybb
Nov 14, 2010

The actual name for this route is "Country Swing". The first ascent was climbed the day after a wild night out in Laramie. The evening started with a Willie Nelson concert, followed by many brews at one of the Laramie cowboy bars. Lyle Schultze was my climbing partner as well as drinking partner, and significantly out performed me at the bar!
By cstebbins024
From: Laramie, WY
Oct 21, 2015

Can someone comment on the current integrity of the bolts on this route?
By Monty
From: Golden, CO
Oct 24, 2016

The bolts on this are okay, but an upgrade would certainly be nice. It would be great if someone lowered the anchor about 4 feet though. The currently location ensures rope shredding unless you bring two 48" slings with you. Fun route, and a great way to get a rope on "Call me Barney."

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