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First Lead 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: kBobby Hanson on Oct 5, 2001

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Finishing First Lead.


Look for a horizontal crawl up high on the west face of Practice Rock. First Lead climbs the crack that goes up to the left side of this crawl. Short, and straight forward, this is a good lead for beginners.

Build a gear anchor in the large cracks up on top. If you are new to building anchors and are with more experienced climbers, it is easy to walk up the back side and pre-build the anchor.

Walk off.


Standard Rack

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Rock Climbing Photo: Matt, leading First Lead.
Matt, leading First Lead.
Rock Climbing Photo: Closeup by telephoto of First Lead, 5.6.
BETA PHOTO: Closeup by telephoto of First Lead, 5.6.
Rock Climbing Photo: "First Lead" at 5.6
BETA PHOTO: "First Lead" at 5.6
Rock Climbing Photo: talia on first lead
talia on first lead

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By jeffozozo
From: santa clara, utah
Oct 16, 2009

This is really a GREAT place to do a first trad lead. It is not too long, lots of different kinds of placements are possible, and there is a good place to practice building an anchor on top.
By Drederek
Sep 19, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Remember to be respectful of the peeps camping on the other side of the rock. Don't walk up the back side if its occupied.
By Rodger Raubach
Jun 28, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is a "full value" if it's actually 5.6! Maybe not any harder, but is a great warmup and also an excellent technique builder for novice climbers. I enjoyed it. Shorter climbers find it more like 5.7... Somewhat athletic start.
By Rodger Raubach
Jun 25, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Once an anchor is set atop this climb, there are several lines slightly harder and more challenging for beginners practice.

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