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Dirty Tricks 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Unknown, FFA (TR): Kevin Powell, 1981, FL: Jonny Woodward and Darrel Hensel, November 1986
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 1, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: Dirty Tricks, 5.11+


Thin and technical steep slab climbing at the bottom will keep you on your toes, while higher the difficulty eases and the bolts become more spaced as the rock becomes much coarse and loose. Don't be confused by another line to the right which joins this route at it's third bolt.


Located on the smooth face just right of the leaning block and the route T-N-T.


4 bolts, 2 bolt anchor (all 3/8") with chains

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By Randy
Dec 5, 2003

Route was named because of the "dirty tricks" used to place the 1st bolt on the route (and in keeping with the Watergate Theme). 2 climbers stood at the base and held another climber's feet on to the holds so he could drill the 1st bolt. Somewhere I have an incriminating photo of these shenanigans. We ended up not freeing the entire route and JW and DH came along later and bagged the FFA.
By Drewsky
Dec 23, 2008

This route is really fun. It's rather tenuous; there are some places not to fall from and some bad rock higher up, but the crux is bulletproof and very cool. I seem to remember that getting the second (or third?) bolt clipped was a bit desperate and I didn't want to blow it from there. I give it 3/5 stars.

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