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Drivin' and Cryin' 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Steve Orthel, Neil Ofstun, Mike Stewart, Frank Orthel
Season: Fall - Spring
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Submitted By: Jeff Mekolites on Mar 27, 2007

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Eric on the upper slab section


Climb a slabby corner beneath a bulge. Pull the bulge (crux) and continue up balancy moves to the top.


Drivin' and Cryin' starts down and left from the ledge where Bear Hunt is located.


Bolts. Anchors at the top

Photos of Drivin' and Cryin' Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from the Bear Cub ledge
BETA PHOTO: The view from the Bear Cub ledge
Rock Climbing Photo: Mary at the crux of Drivin' and Cryin'
BETA PHOTO: Mary at the crux of Drivin' and Cryin'

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By Pete Spri
Aug 14, 2010

Great route. 2 cruxes in my opinion, depending on how straight you follow the bolt line. The crux following the lower bulge crux felt harder than 10a... more like a solid .10.

If you run this to the top and anchor off of the Bear Hunt/Cub tree, you can rap or lower off of a single 70m rope back to where you started from.

The top has about 20 foot runouts on 5.7ish climbing. I brought a set of Mastercams from 0-6 and was happy that I did.
By John Saunders
From: Cornelius, NC
Feb 1, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I agree that the lower crux is tough. I'd top-roped this a couple of times before giving it a shot on lead. I placed 1 piece actually below the bulge at the bottom and just clipped bolts the rest of the way to the top. It is a little run out at the top but great fun!
By Tom Gallo
Mar 6, 2011

Love this climb. Can get in a 0.4 or 0.5 camalot before the first bolt.
By Scott Gilliam
From: Raleigh, NC
Dec 28, 2014

The lower crux, passing the 1st bolt, goes to the left or right. I like passing to the right, and for the second, passing to the right is a far safer choice. Less barrel-rolling across the face in the case of a fall.
By andylei
Nov 24, 2015

60m isn't enough to top rope or rappel this, so if you don't have a 70m, your partner should follow you and then you can rap off the bear cub anchor to the right.

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