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Hand Jive 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 155'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: KC Baum and Andrea Heath 6/27/89
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Submitted By: Alex Garhart on Oct 22, 2009

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Stef V. follows the long first pitch of Hand Jive.


Begin at twin hand cracks with a chockstone ~15 up. Pass the chockstone to a good ledge and climb the overhanging hand crack above (crux). Continue up the crack system via mostly hands and a little offwidth before the chains.

Optional pitches 2 and 3 ascend dirty 5.6/7 crack and chimney to the rim.


This is at the west end of the buttress. A basketball-sized chockstone is visible ~15 feet up from the highway. See the photo on the main page.


Standard rack plus many hand sized pieces, 1 #4 Camalot.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Stef V. follows P1 of Hand Jive.
Stef V. follows P1 of Hand Jive.
Rock Climbing Photo: The route.
BETA PHOTO: The route.

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By Mike Sullivan
From: Durango, CO
Jul 9, 2013

A very fun route -- two 5.9+ cruxes and much sustained 5.9 jamming in between. I don't think a #4 BD is needed, but at 155', the route can swallow a lot of #-.75 to #3 BD cams. I broke it into two pitches when it became clear that I would run out of larger pieces with a standard rack (doubles of everything and one #3).

There's a 2-bolt belay anchor at the top of the route that is visible from the ground. There's another 2-bolt rap anchor hidden about 10' west. This is a much cleaner rope pull.

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