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Curious Poses 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Cal Folsom, Dave Anderson, Don Brooks, 1984
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Submitted By: geoff georges on Mar 28, 2014

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BETA PHOTO: 10d section of Curious Poses. The gear is tiny but...

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This is already described as a variation of Magic Fern, but it seems to me worthy of it's own designation as a route. And there is confusion about which goes where. Jon's overview map found on this area heading is helpful here. The Clint Cummins book gives it a 11a, SVR gives it the 10d. The start was 5.8 in both books, which seems right once you make it to the first finger lock. The left side crack on the fin above is the thin tips crux. It is short and protects with small nuts and cams. The 2nd pitch is the chimney on the right above the big ledge to flaring hands ( originally considered 5.9) which I would agree with others posting on Magic Fern, that it is 10a.


right of Wet Dream.


standard rack. If doing as one long pitch you may want doubles. offset brass nuts and tiny cams for crux.
SS rap ring anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Magic Fern goes right, Curious Poses goes left.
BETA PHOTO: Magic Fern goes right, Curious Poses goes left.

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By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Sep 14, 2014

The hardest move may be the very first move off the ground. Also, above the tips crack section, you can go up the left side or the right side of the next big fin-chockstone. The left side is more natural, and less of a grunt then the right side.
By slim
Jun 29, 2016
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

the right hand exit (chimney sort of thing) wasn't bad, probably easy 9'ish if you are used to that sort of thing, but there are several not so great blocks above it, followed by ugly muddy bushwhacking or R/X rated face/arete climbing. this climbing is terrific, but harder than any of the other parts of the route.

overall, this route is infinitely easier than spineless, not too far to the right.

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