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YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Jim Hall
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Submitted By: Adam Holmes on Jan 1, 2002

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Glorious send of Debaser in the summer of 2011. La...


"Wanna grow up to be, be a debaser" - The Pixies.

Another one of the "chain" routes, Debaser sits just right of Vitamin H. The rock fall of 1998 supposedly improved the quality of the lower section of Debaser. With its large roof at 2/3 height, Debaser involves a little more power than some of the other Arsenal routes. But the difficulties don't stop after the roof so keep punching it to the anchors. Oh, and leave your knee-pad at home because it won't be of much use on this one (I did get a nice butt-scum at one point. I may have to develop rubber C-4 underwear).

P.S.: You can traverse left at the large roof onto Vitamin H to climb a variation called Vitamin D (12d).


In-situ chain draws.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Debaser.
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Steve Mullins on Debasser.
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By christopher lee
May 25, 2004

Yo Adam, there is a useful kneescum... to bump to the first huge sloper with the right hand in the roof. It is the arsenal right?
By Adam Holmes
May 25, 2004

Dr. Lee, I presume. Only you would need a kneescum, to avoid undue stress on your injury-prone tendons.
By Dr. Chris Lee
Sep 21, 2009

Adam, that other Christopher Lee ain't me. I finally signed on as Dr. Chris Lee. I toyed with The Real Chris Lee but didn't want to upset my co-named reviewer :)
By Blake Cash
From: Chattanooga, TN
Apr 7, 2010

Way harder than Pumporama.
By Jeremy H
Apr 7, 2010
rating: 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b

Easier than Pumporama.
By Rami Najjar
Aug 15, 2011
rating: 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b

Beta on the face just after the roof is key. I got a glorious send on this last route of the last day. Really worth it. I miss Rifle!
By Colin Lantz
From: Nederland, CO
Jul 27, 2012

Exactly right, Adam, the name is in reference to the song Debaser by the band The Pixies from the album Doolittle (1989). Jim Hall was a big fan of theirs, and he turned me on to them. I saw them in November of 1989 at the Boulder Theater. My wife broke her foot moshing in the pit at that show when some huge dude in combat boots stomped on it.

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