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Free Up The Weed 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Thor Kieser
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Thor Kieser on Jan 1, 2005

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This was named for all you old Rastafarians out there.

Start on PVS (Persistent Vegetative State) and clip up to bolt 5. Instead of following PVS up the corner, climb straight up past 6 bolts to the anchor. The crux is the arete about 2/3's of the way. Before the crux, you will find plenty of sustained 5.10.


13 [now 16] QDs.

2 ropes or 70m rope.

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By T. Kieser
Jun 14, 2006

A little beta as people are getting spanked. The crux moves climb the face just right of the arete. Many are attempting to go straight up the arete which is really hard. Pinch a tufa-like feature with your right hand, reach up and left to a sloper, crank your feet onto an horizontal thin crack and fire for jugs with your right.

By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Aug 23, 2006

The placement of the bolts lead me to conclude that the face to the right had been intended "off route", so I didn't do it that way. Straight up the arete is probably hard 5.11 and involves a nasty pinch with bad feet. The foot smears are darn near impossible to see at dusk there. I dogged on it before stepping on the bolt. Wish I'd read this first, because it was a heck of a lot harder than the 11 I warmed up on when attempted this way (belly to the bolts).
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jun 29, 2007

For chicken, average climbers out there like me, you can make it probably 10b by staying a bit right of the bolts at about bolts 7-9 and around bolts 11-12. That way, it makes for a terrific moderate line when you're sleep deprived or have to go to work shortly thereafter or just want less than an 11a. Thanks, Thor!
By Thor.K
Jul 13, 2010

We have changed the upper half of this route, and it now goes on to the upper PVS anchors. I think we have really improved it, and Mike B and I debated the line back when we installed it, and I always though this variation now installed is the better version. In the next few days, we'll pull the old bolts and anchors out. Head on up there and let us know what you think. - Thor
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 14, 2010
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Cool, Thor! I assume this new version will need a 70m to get down? Look forward to checkin' it out. All the routes over there have cleaned up nicely from a zillion ascents. Great, long routes!
By Mikeco
From: Golden, CO
Jul 16, 2010

The new version replaces the hard one move crux with 30 feet of sustained and thoughtful climbing in the shallow dihedral to the left of the original arete. This is a big improvement to the line. However, I view this more as a quality variation to the line - why not just leave the old bolts and anchor for the sake of variety?

The new version adds a star to this line I think.
By Thor.K
Jul 28, 2010

Well I'm not really into grid bolting, so we took the old variation down. I think it's much better and if you onsighted it, Not Famous Old Dude, you probably have the first red point, because we only tr'd while creating it.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 30, 2010
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Great bumpin' into you tonight, Thor.

The first half of the route has cleaned up a bit since the first time I was on it (but frankly, still chossy...). The new variation definitely offers some devious, contorted, and sustained sequences. Thin holds and inobvious feeties. Cool vision going through this dihedral. I would say exiting the dihedral is the crux.

And yeah, you need a 70m rope for this one.
By goingUp
From: over here
Jun 10, 2013
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Wow, led this one today with the beta from Mr. Mabe's book and wanted to follow the old bolt route. Could have been one hell of a whipper. Anyway, I got spit off it once and would add that RAP CLEANING THIS ROUTE IS A PAIN IN THE A@*! as the line ascends up and left.
By JonW
Jul 31, 2013
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

I really enjoyed this route. The beta is wrong on the number of QDs. This route now takes 16. Some clips are quite close, but a fall in the crux dihedral would not be comfortable. I appreciated the tight bolting.

It's tempting to go right after the crux sequence, but this will leave you with a traverse to the left to reach the next bolt. Avoid the temptation to move right to the top of this arete.

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