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Cows in Agony 

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

Type:  Sport, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
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Submitted By: caughtinside on May 3, 2011

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Cows in Agony is a one pitch sport route on the center of the Mesa Verde Wall, just uphill and south from the excellent Reason to Be.

Start just right of a wide crack. Opening moves are tough, consider stick clipping the first bolt. Continue up, staying left of the bolt line. I hate to use the word 'contrived' but this one really felt it. I was way left following the holds and making big reaches right to clip. This route inexplicably gets three stars in the new Watts guide.

Step to center at the final bolt and execute a neat sequence to top out on the ledge and clip the old anchor.


South but uphill from reason to be on Mesa Verde wall.


6 lead bolts, 2 bolt anchor.

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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Apr 14, 2012
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Three stars in Watts new guide, bomb here. I took the gamble. Contrived is right. The final two bolts make the climb... almost... worth it. But I won't be back.
By another Chad
Oct 20, 2014

The anchor atop this route has aluminum Metolius hangers (not rap hangers) with nothing on them except for a locking carabiner that's stuck on the right hanger. The next time someone's out there to climb this or neighboring Cliff Dwelling Crack, consider bringing up a pair of pliers to unscrew the carabiner gate that's stuck up there and installing some quicklinks & rings. Replacing the aluminum hangers with steel hangers would be nice also (you'll need a 1/2" socket for the bolts that are up there).


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