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Bean Pole T,TR 
Bishop T,TR 
Bloody Fingers TR 
Chamonix TR 
Chimney, The T,TR 
Climber's Corner T 
Desperate Depression T,TR 
Devilish Diversion T,TR 
Diagonal T 
Double Chin T 
Double Jam T 
Fantastic Face TR 
Far Out Jam T,TR 
Far Out Jam Right T,TR 
High Anxiety (aka Silicon Shoes) TR 
Horn, The T 
Kiddie's Korner T,TR 
Loose Flake Polka TR 
Max Factor T 
Ms. Pac Man T 
No Answer T,TR 
Obscene Phone Call T 
PB & J T,TR 
Pee Pee The Sailor TR 
Roof, The T 
Short Stuff T,TR 
Start, The T 
Tramp, The T,TR 
Yellow Zonkers T,TR 
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Desperate Depression 

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

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E4 6a R [details]
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Submitted By: BDalhaus on Jun 2, 2009

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BETA PHOTO: Figure me out!


Until I re-cleaned this route and tried the moves, I didn't realize that its name was actually a description. Desperate is right, especially if you're sick enough to lead it.

Starting nicely up a crack/flake and moving right to a jug, this climb turns stout and crimpy in a hurry. From the jug, match on a crimp/sidepull and enjoy the hard sequence past a 3-finger single-pad gaston, a half-pad undercling, and a slopey pinch to gain a jug in the depression. This is also your last gear placement if you're on lead. Move left and make a large move to a crimp before hiking your feet and attempting to find a sequence that will get you to the lip.


At the far left end of the Upper Cliff, just right of Far Out Jam and Bean Pole.


Toprope. If you're plugging gear, think small and then reconsider even leading this.

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By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Jun 2, 2009

haha brice i like your protection info lol :) this does look wicked cool but i would think the lead is up to the huge burly dudes who have nuts the size of grapefruits :)
By BDalhaus
From: Bangor, ME
Jun 3, 2009

I just didn't want anyone to try leading this without realizing that there is only 1 gear placement (roughly a #6 stopper) in a span of 30 feet or so.

On a side note, I spell my name with a Y, not an I.

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