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Desperado S 
Diamond S 
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Three To Get Ready S 


YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Mike Cirone, Ed Sampson
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Submitted By: Kristin McNamara on Jan 1, 2001

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Calf work out! The crux comes before the first clip, and many 5.9 climbers have slid off. Well worth it.


3 bolts and two anchor bolts that are shared with Desperado.

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By Jon Hanlon
From: SLO
Feb 11, 2004
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

This is a great friction climb on solid rock. The crux is getting high enough to clip the first bolt. A fall from here results in an awkward slide/fall to an ankle busting ledge. It is definately solid 5.9 here...dont fall. It IS possible to clip the first bolt on Battle of the Bulge (use a long runner). This gives the belayer enough time to yard in rope and jump off the ledge in time to stop a falling leader from hitting the ledge. (trust works!)
By Floyd Hayes
Mar 22, 2010
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Even on a top rope it seemed much harder than any slab 5.9 in Yosemite (e.g., Marginal).
By Tyler Alves
From: Sacramento, CA
Feb 11, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R

Awesome route. If you are climbing Desperado or Battle of the Bulge anyway, make sure to lead/ TR Diamond before you head out. You won't regret it.
Harder than similarly rated shadow wall routes, be careful.
By Jim Reynolds
Jan 29, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R

I dont see how Thin Man gets 5.9 R and this doesnt. I mean, come on, that first clip is terrifying. I led it today for the first time and honestly believed I was going to break my ankle.

PS This is THIN 5.9, not that juggy secure 5.9 that feels all nice and cozy.
By Jordan Collins
From: South Lake Tahoe
Nov 23, 2014

Most serious lead on the wall. So intense up to bolt uno
By Serial Crusher
From: A house
Dec 12, 2014

^^^ (Coming from a guy that led Inner Sanctum)
By Sean P. Sullivan
From: Clovis, Ca
May 12, 2016

Took a fall before bolt one. Actually trying to downclimb a move and try different beta for a good stance to clip. Hit the small ledge and was caught by my belayer on the big ledge. Came out ok but very shaken. Still haven't come back to finish the job. Those old school guys that put these routes up are bad ass mofos. Respect.

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