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Juan Valdez 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: paul wonsavage 11/96
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Submitted By: lee hansche on May 16, 2007

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Start in the corner right of 100% Columbian (5.11c). Follow good holds up and left to gain a layback flake.
The crux is high up the flake as you get a little pumped. Get on top of the flake and head for the chains.

This climb felt a bit hard at the grade for me (though the only time I climbed it was finishing off a hard day, but I have friends that have it dialed and they seem to find the grade to be right on.
Fun times close to the parking lot.


Just right of 100% Columbian, 5.11c, starting in the corner and heading up and left in to the big flake.


5 bolts to quick clips.

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Perking?...I think they mean Perky

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By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Apr 19, 2009

Since I didn't see it mentioned, the first moves are somewhat thin... easy to ignore if tall + strong. :)
By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Apr 19, 2009

I think thin may be a bit much for the description. If you miss the jug in that first move you will probably drop 3 or 4 feet to a ledge, but the first clip will keep you from going any further. That is assuming you scramble on to the ledge on the right first. If you're doing a direct start it may be a bit more interesting?
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Apr 20, 2009

Looking at and reading the caption of your ??, I'm realizing we started to the left on a crimpy rail just left of the first bolt. The ledge was still wet from the day before. Doh!
By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Apr 20, 2009

makes sense. That i agree would be a little thin
By N Nelsen
From: Thornton, NH
Jun 10, 2010

I tried this route two days ago for the first time. The opening moves proved bouldery for me at least (I'm 5'5" with a limiting wingspan), but the undercling section was very fun, despite wet conditions.
By Matt Wilson
From: Vermont, USA
May 10, 2012

If your footwork is bad (or you simply don't trust your feet) then the undercling traverse will be your crux.
By Nick Grant
From: Natick, MA & Tamworth, NH
Oct 6, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

No question that the opening moves are bouldery and inobvious. At the start, it looks easier than it is. However, if you are tall and have a long reach, it's not that bad.

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