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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: Tom Herbert, 5/90
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Submitted By: C Miller on Oct 31, 2006

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This is the second route from the left and sits just right of the excellent Thumbs Up (5.11c). The route starts higher than the others and requires a bit of a scramble to reach the base.

Enjoyable moves up vertical rock on mostly positive holds comprise the lower crux, but brace yourself for the dicey slab moves (5.10+) near the top of the route which can throw you off if your footwork isn't dialed.

A stellar route, and the easiest of the Tom Herbert "E" routes, all of which are excellent. This route will not only test your lock-off strength, but your slab climbing ability as well, and it's precisely that reason which makes it such a classic.


8 bolts, anchors

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By Tom Helvie
From: Bishop, CA
Dec 6, 2006
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

The dicey slab moves up top make the route. Although the bolt is nearby, it is still a bit scary since you and your belayer can't see or hear each other. As my partner put it, "I felt all alone up there". Awesome route.
By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Apr 1, 2012

Has a distinctly "old-school" feel. The bolt placements are sporty, but not particularly run-out. The physical cruxes seemed to be lower on the route, but the moves past the last bolt test your mental stamina—and your toes. Almost every hold is perfect. In my opinion, this is a 5.11a for someone very comfortable at the grade. Not a great climb for someone breaking in to the 11's.
By Jeff Scheuerell
Jan 29, 2014
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Except for the to me stupid runout to the first bolt(why on a top down route???) this route is great. Some of the best rock in the Gorge. Continuous climbing that keeps your attention all the way to the end. And yes, you do feel all alone up there.

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