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Cumberland Blues 

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

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Jeff Mekolites on Dec 16, 2007

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Work past a couple of bolts through a odd sequence that uses shallow pockets and underclings to a rest. Then work right and up past horizontals. While climbing this route one winter and reaching said horizontals, I was surprised by the sharp prick I felt after sticking my hand in said horizontal. After regaining my composure and standing up to look into the pocket, I saw a small bat. Quickly, I checked my blood - good, no puncture - good, horizontal - about a 1.5 friend - good. Finish up to the anchors.

(no bats were harmed in the climbing of this route)


One of the first routes encountered as you walk up the approach trail. Located on the right hand wall as you are heading down towards the SCC bulletin board.


Couple of cams, bolt, anchors.

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From: Chattanooga,TN
Nov 11, 2008
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

there seems to be alot of broken holds it's all thin flaky rock. don't bother
By Chad Burdyshaw
From: Signal Mountain TN
Aug 16, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I actually enjoyed this route. Redpointed on toprope (pinkpoint?). Lots of thin holds made this route a real balancy but fun face climb. Didn't notice any broken holds. Couple of nice finger pockets half way up. I'd rate this around a 5.9+.
Rock Climbing Photo: Vardan pulling an undercling halfway up Cumberland...
Vardan pulling an undercling halfway up Cumberland Blues
By highneed
Aug 20, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

If the second bolt was two feet to the left or a foot lower I'd call this a two star 5.9. But clipping the second bolt is ACKWARD with deck potential so I really wouldn't recommend it.
By Mike Lambino
From: Jasper, Ga
Oct 10, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun climbing for the searching eye. Zippered her with .5, .75, and #1 cams, and of course used bolts. Don't fall trying to clip second bolt, might hurt your ankles. Shouldn't discourage ya though for it's another Leda 5.9 goody.
By Mark O'Neal
From: Nicholson, GA
Mar 16, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I put a #3 in the horizontal 3 feet above the 1st bolt. Made clipping the 2nd bolt feel better. #2 and #1 in horizontals above the 2nd bolt. Crux is nicely positioned right at the 2nd bolt

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