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Der Ficken (aka Jesus on a Rubber Cross) 

YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E4 6a

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 265'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: D. Hoffman, Lee Williams(Ficker)
New Route: Yes
Season: spring, summer, fall (goes into shade around 2 in the summer)
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Submitted By: Dean Hoffman on May 21, 2013

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Lee in the first chimney

Description 

For only being a couple of pitches this route was quite an undertaking and as such is very difficult for us to grade. Please give us a holler if you're heading out to climb it or if you do climb it please let us know what you think! A true test of all styles on mostly good Sandstone!
Pitch One: 5.11+?Start in crumbly corner out big hands roof to squeeze chimney, think reverse birth simulator! Squirm up and clip one bolt before swinging onto the Karma Block (please fight the temptation to place gear in the Karma Block, a bolt protects the move onto it and there is a good seam just above it. It sounds a bit, shall we say "hollow"!) Head up funky twin cracks to small roof. Difficult, steep stem corner with the namesake "Jesus on a Rubber Cross" move, crux protected with two bolts. Easier, but exciting moves to pleasant belay ledge with bolted anchor.

Pitch two: 5.11OW? The Der Ficken pitch. Step into the fantastic chimney and begin moving up using stemming and face holds, protecting in crack inside the chimney. As the crack begins trending left choose your point of departure and leave everything smaller than a new #5 Camalot and begin true chimneying for about 10-15 ft to the OW roof. Pull the roof and begin armbaring, stacking, knee locking and swearing to the anchors! Another pleasant belay ledge with bolted anchors awaits. As far as grade this felt harder than Serrator (at the Creek) but easier than Bellyful. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

Pitch 3: Takes you to the top of the system, however we don't recommend it. We did french free it at about C1, but didn't really have any fun sooo climb it if you like, another set of rap anchors and a huge ledge await or just enjoy the scenery from the top of pitch two and rap with one 60!

Location 

Just around the corner from Firecracker up on a nice ledge. Check out the pics so for reference. You can build an anchor for the first pitch with small nuts. Rap the route with one 60m rope

Protection 

Pitch One: doubles from around blue metolius to #3 camalot, #3.5 Camalot, #4 Camalot, #5 Camalot, 3 draws and handful of slings. (all old sizes)
Pitch Two: Single set to #2 Camalot for first half, second half I had 2 old #5 Camalots, one new #5, a new #6, and a 6 Friend(would rather have had two #6 Camalots!). Anyhow, we would recommend hauling all the big gear up P1 and leaving everything extra at the belay! Someone stronger could probably do it with less but... I'm not a huge fan of walking gear forever!


Photos of Der Ficken (aka Jesus on a Rubber Cross) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 2 and beyond
BETA PHOTO: Pitch 2 and beyond
Rock Climbing Photo: Dean setting up for the crux of P1
Dean setting up for the crux of P1
Rock Climbing Photo: Dean and Lee. early attempts of their route
Dean and Lee. early attempts of their route
Rock Climbing Photo: The line
The line

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By Robbie Brown
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 22, 2013

Great work Dean! sounds like a burlfest

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