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Holden Hands 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Todd Swain, Mark Holden & Karl Pearson, November 1989
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Submitted By: Steve Powell on Feb 18, 2007

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On the right side of the face, just right of a yucca. Off the ground go up then left on a ramp to the bulge, pull the bulge, then reach the crack.


pro to 2"


This route needs to be climbed more often so it will clean up. Loose rock at the bottom, but clean rock at the top with the crux overcoming a bulge halfway up. Although some feel it goes at 5.8, I think it is closer to 5.5.

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By DaveGustafson
From: Palm Desert, CA
Apr 19, 2009
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

A couple of interesting moves on the lower half of this route on "less than solid rock" cause me to agree with a rating of 5.7 as a 5.5 leader would be less than comfortable. An 'okay' route... been on worse in Josh. Well-protected. ABSOLUTELY suggest linking this route up with Santa Claus Left for short two-pitch fun. Santa Claus Left is honestly one of the best times I've had on a route in Josh... is that weird?!?

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