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Eco Challenge 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: (TR) Aaron Rough & Chris Miller, 1997, FL: Aaron Rough, 1997
Season: Spring - Late Fall
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Submitted By: Isaac T. on Feb 1, 2007

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eco challenging euan


This is a rather long climb. It starts in a prominent corner just right of cool looking arete. The starts is in loose corner and makes its way out onto the face. Once you get to the first bolt the rock solidifies. This is where the bat with the huge fangs was chillin right on a key hand hold. The bats do not normally nest on this climb, I think that this bat was sick. Toward the top it goes past vertical a few degrees but the holds are solid, you just gotta find them since there really isn't any chalk marks.


8 bolts, closed cold shuts at the top

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Rock Climbing Photo: Phil at the upper crux of Eco Challenge (5.11a), F...
Phil at the upper crux of Eco Challenge (5.11a), F...
Rock Climbing Photo: Thomas negotiating the crux on Eco Challenge (5.11...
Thomas negotiating the crux on Eco Challenge (5.11...
Rock Climbing Photo: Eco Challenge (5.11a), Frustration Creek
BETA PHOTO: Eco Challenge (5.11a), Frustration Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: eco euan being challenged
eco euan being challenged
Rock Climbing Photo: Jared just below the anchors
Jared just below the anchors
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Eco Challenge.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up Eco Challenge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Phil just below the crux of Eco Challenge (5.11a),...
Phil just below the crux of Eco Challenge (5.11a),...

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By C Miller
From: CA
Sep 1, 2007
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

A fun and varied route through steep, blocky terrain with interesting crux moves over small roofs at both the 4th and 6th bolt. It's really quite amazing what trundling a few thousand pounds of rubble off a route can do for it's quality.
By veritus
From: redlands, ca
Jan 2, 2008
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13

hey chris who bolted this route?
By Rough
Jan 3, 2008

Myself and my brother-in-law at the time (Chris played a role as well though for the life of me I can't remember exactly what his role was? / Sorry Chris!). Eco Challenge turned out to be completely that from the get go and was not what we thought it would be. From the sketch ball climb to get to the anchors, to the before mentioned 2 tons of loose rock all over the route, it was quite the handful. After 3 days of cleaning, yes 3 days, the bolts were placed where the rock was solid not necessarily where they were ideal for clipping, which considering how loose a lot of the Lower Buttress is, we thought was a good idea. The name was chosen on purpose to reflect the "style" of the climb, a little bit chossy and a little bit adventurous from a sport climbing perspective.

I always wanted to bolt the line to the right of it, but moved out of the area before I got around to it.
By tom donnelly
From: san diego
Jun 22, 2010
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Huge healthy poison oak just to the right of this route, so there must be some oil mixed into the dirt on the ground. If you are sensitive then use technu & clean everything after climbing this route.
By Euan Cameron
From: Mammoth Lakes
May 15, 2011
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Fun route and long compared to the rest on the lower tier. I only counted six bolts as I clipped them.
By Ken Noyce
From: Layton, UT
Jul 20, 2012
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Poison Oak is gone! someone ripped the whole thing out so there is none by this route anymore. Thanks whoever did it!
By Aaron Lawrence
From: Redlands
Oct 8, 2012

i pulled out a crux hold today. i havnt tried the climb since its gone, but it looks like it might raise the rating a letter grade or two.
By Ken Noyce
From: Layton, UT
Oct 20, 2012
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Just climbed this route again today, and the crux is certainly a bit harder than it was. It's at least a solid 5.11a now (it used to be a bit soft), and may be 5.11b. Also someone added a new first bolt to the route which is pretty pointless since it's too low to keep you from decking long before you get to the old first bolt.
By Rough
Apr 16, 2013

What's going with the route Matt? Being that it is my route, I'd appreciate a PM or email.
By Dustin Stephens
May 6, 2017
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Not 11a anymore. Bad fall from the crux, climber beware.

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