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Cowboy Up 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a R

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a R [details]
FA: Matt Schlueter and Daniel Forbes, May 2004
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Submitted By: Tim Camuti on Jun 12, 2010

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Route starts a few steps up the talus and trends left to the Sidesaddle anchors using big holds and easy steps over and up.


Furthest right line of 3 bolts on the Ort Wall, shares an anchor with Sidesaddle.


3 bolts and anchor carabiners for chains.

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By Justin Johnsen
From: Nor Cal
Mar 11, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The new guidebook gives this a 5.9.

A head-sized loose jug with a big white chalk X on it prevents the climber from taking the path of least resistance here now, making the climb's hardest moves more technical. Maybe this has changed since the current description was written? When this wobbler falls, the grade could change again, depending on the fracture line.

I found this to be slightly more challenging than Sidesaddle 5.9 next to it, not a full grade harder, but certainly on par to me.

[edit: the guidebook grade is actually 5.9R, I believe that's for the direct start as opposed to traversing from the right to clip the first bolt, which makes it a safer]
By Leo Ramirez
May 13, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This is definitely the easiest route of the grotto/ort wall. Climbed it a couple of weeks ago and did not see an X; did not find loose rock. Perhaps the rock felt already. (IMHO 5.9 sounds like a bit much for this one)
By Justin Johnsen
From: Nor Cal
May 14, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

If the loose rock is gone from the crux, it's probably more 5.8 than 5.9.
By Jason Ogasian
From: South Lake Tahoe
Sep 2, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

There are three blocks marked with chalk Xs on them currently (Sep 1 2014) which make some of the moves pretty tricky if you avoid them all. I think this thing now deserves a solid 5.9 :-)
By Pat Hastings
From: Fort Collins, CO
Mar 28, 2015

There were two rocks marked with X's yesterday (3/27). The first was definitely loose, but the second seemed pretty good. If both of these are avoided, this is at least 5.9.

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