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Hard as Nails 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, TR, 30'
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
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Submitted By: mschlocker on Mar 8, 2008

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classic thin crack

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A beautiful thin crack up a less than vertical face. Solid feet are hard to come by in places. Eases up near the top. The start could vary in difficulty if you try doing it static vs dynamic.


Head downhill down a trail 50' before the trail that leads to the Seminar Wall. A ways down on a very large boulder.


Rappel anchor. Solo up a 5.7 low angle slab around the climbers' right side of the climb to set it up. Good warm up for the business.

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By Adam Stackhouse
Mar 8, 2008
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Great route, super clean, thin tips
By Adam Kimmerly
Dec 7, 2009
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Definitely a classic and one of my favorites at Woodson. The moves off the ground are the crux. Being short, or simply doing the start statically makes it more difficult. Contrarily, having small fingers likely makes this one easier.
By Roberto
From: La Jolla, CA
Feb 1, 2010

After being stumped by the “hop or dynamic beta,” I tried some very static beta and this thing went smoothly. One of the finest climbs I have done at Woodson!
By Jon Clark
From: Philadelphia, PA
Jun 14, 2011
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

The static start checks in at 11+.
May 29, 2015

Like any other climb with a crux first move, jumping or using a cheat stone or standing on a crash pad, lessens the difficulty quite a bit.
It's real obvious when you're standing there looking at it, what the deal is.
This is one of the most beautiful cracks I've ever seen. It's also painful and requires commitment. A top quality Woodson prize, for sure.

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