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Hard Times Variation 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Todd Hammond
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Submitted By: Todd H on Mar 11, 2015

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BETA PHOTO: Black Monday and Times Square w/ Variation


A variation to Times Square using natural pro. Climb the first half of Times Square then split left to follow the horizontal crack below the lip of the overhang for an airy, slopey boulder problem (12a). This takes you to the top of the left arête where you will mantel. From there, head straight up and right to the chains for Times Square/Black Monday. An easier option goes at 5.11 and involves a blind throw over the lip instead of following the crack left. This way is more direct but not as good as the 12a. While the upper half is trad, the lower half also offers good cam placements if you like plugging gear more than clipping bolts; otherwise, clip the first four bolts of Times Square.


Doubles up to #1 Camalot and a few slings.

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