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YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

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Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Chip Chace and Steve Levin, 1978
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Submitted By: Dave Chenault on Nov 28, 2001

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RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek MORE INFO >>>


Located approx. 80 feet right of IHC, this route is a slightly left-leaning splitter on the right wall of a dihedral. It intersectes the corner crack about 30 feet from the bolt anchors. It starts as tight hands, negotiates two awesome offwidth pods, pulls through some sustained wide hands, and meets the dihedral, which is good to tight hands. A steller climb that goes on and on, you never want it to stop.


A full 30 metre pitch. Bring 3-5 each 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5 Friends, and 2 4 Friends.

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Rock Climbing Photo: getting through an awkward pod
getting through an awkward pod
Rock Climbing Photo: Gorilla
Rock Climbing Photo: Steph leading Gorilla for her class.  Oct 2016.
Steph leading Gorilla for her class. Oct 2016.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gorilla
Rock Climbing Photo: Gorilla
Rock Climbing Photo: 5.10a
Rock Climbing Photo: Gorilla
Rock Climbing Photo: Colt cruising Gorilla Crack.
Colt cruising Gorilla Crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gorilla Crack
Gorilla Crack
Rock Climbing Photo: Mark Stroeve leading Gorilla.
Mark Stroeve leading Gorilla.

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By Mike Sofranko
Nov 30, 2001

If you bury a leg in one of the pods, you can get a great no-hands rest (you won't be pumped at this point, but it's a great pose.) Slightly awkward down low through the wider stuff... Nice route. I think I used a #4 camalot.
By Tavis Ricksecker
Oct 29, 2008
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Not too bad if you have big mitts.
By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Oct 22, 2009
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

First Ascent from Bjornstad, 1988:

Chip Chace and Steve Levin, 1978
By claytown
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 9, 2009

how the heck does this not get 4 stars! great route and a nice warmup. the pods may be a little tricky but the route offers plenty of rest steps.
By Karl kelley
Sep 4, 2014

Clip the chains and continue out around the roof to a 2 bolt belay stance. Continue up the flare with hands but shortly going to off fingers. A long pitch finishes with fingers to a 2 bolt anchor. 5.11+ Rap the route.
FA. Karl Kelley
By Mark van Eijk
Mar 23, 2015

A nice break from the relentlessly mechanical climbing nearby. Great variety in a long, aesthetic pitch. There's something for everyone here but the business is on big hands.
By Miguel D
From: SLC
Jul 29, 2015

Might be somewhere around 28 meters, you can definitely top rope it with a 60m rope
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
May 2, 2016
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

as already said mostly big to cupped hands, nice to have 2) #4 for pods, and save some #.5, .75, #1 for the top.

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