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Dirty Bush 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Kelly Kropko / Mark Schlocker 11/2012
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: mschlocker on Nov 13, 2012

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Kelly kicking butt on her own route, Dirty Bush

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  • Description 

    A thin and flared seam leads up low angle climbing. The start requires traversing in past the namesake bush on a slab to the seam. Follow the seam up. Eventually the seam thins and arches left, follow this until it touches off on a hand crack. Pro the hand crack and traverse right to the last lead bolt of Dragonfly. Clip this and continue to the Dragonfly anchor.


    Left of Dragonfly about 20 feet. Traverse in from the right, past a "dirty" bush blocking the base of the route.


    Not protected for the first 15 feet, which may be the crux. The seam takes small nuts surprisingly well. Thumb sized cams are useful, gear up to #1 Camalot. Slings for the traverse. Probably not a route to be breaking into the grade on.

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    By mschlocker
    From: San Diego, CA
    Nov 13, 2012

    The route seemed improbable to protect until closer inspection. The thin seams just had to be cleaned of dirt to reveal bomber nut placements. When Kelly asked me, what's that go at? I told her it doesn't protect so nobody ever did it. She clearly proved me wrong.

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