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Groove Thang 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Sarah Holston on Mar 20, 2013  with updates from Topher Dabrowski

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From the base of the climb, looking up into the gr...

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When Allen Watts says secretive, He means it. Looking for this route left me cursing Watts's name but when I found it at the top of a gully it was amazing. The bottom half of the route is stemming in a smoothed tube, similar feature as Hydrotube up at Flagstone. Great protection. The top is a pile. The top becomes the crux not because the moves are difficult but because I am not sure the bots could take a fall. Although the top is foreboding it is a must do route at Smith.


Kiss of the Leaper Area. Go all the way up the hillside until you come to a gully. Go up the gully, make a few birthing jokes as you climb up a series of vag shaped holes and then look to your right. You may or may not see the bolts gleaming in the sun light. They are there, trust the good old guide book. Look for the tube and you will see the bolts.


long runner for a couple of the draws. 8 bots. fixed anchors

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Rock Climbing Photo: From a few bolts up, looking down at belayer Chris...
From a few bolts up, looking down at belayer Chris...
Rock Climbing Photo: My lovely friend Bree leading Groove-Thing
My lovely friend Bree leading Groove-Thing

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By Andrew Child
From: Santa Clara
Sep 7, 2016

Super cool route. Worth checking out if you are in the area and want something more adventurous. The belay ledge is at the top of a ~12ft chimney with a massive chock stone stuck in it. Climbing the chimney isn't hard but it could be unnerving for a 5.8 climber since its unprotected.
By N
Mar 12, 2017

Finding the route is somewhat tricky. After passing First Kiss and then French Kiss, if you follow the next major wall up a rough and loose trail, it eventually feeds into a small series of ledges with a bush. Alternatively if you follow the wall from French Kiss up past The Climb, it eventually also reaches Groove Thang. Requires some mantling to reach the route, be careful on the descent.

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