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Killer Fish Taco 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Rick Leitner, Chris Alber, 2000
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jan 21, 2002

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    Killer Fish Taco climbs the clean, South-facing wall on the South Face of Surprising Crag and shares its start with Choss Temple Pilots. Juggy moves through a flake lead into very nice and very thin footwork in the middle of the upper plate. KFT is a good route with nothing manufactured that I could detect. 5.11b seems generous, but for someone breaking into a 5.11 lead, this is a decent, well-protected choice.


    Seven draws and a rope.

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Christa Cline turning the roof, using more static ...
    Christa Cline turning the roof, using more static ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Noi, looking tres cool.
    Noi, looking tres cool.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Noi, jug hauling.
    Noi, jug hauling.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Noi Kosila starting up KFT on a cold January day.
    Noi Kosila starting up KFT on a cold January day.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching the crux of the climb.  Hope you cut y...
    Approaching the crux of the climb. Hope you cut y...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Noi, making it all look so elegant.
    Noi, making it all look so elegant.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Routes on the left side of the south face of Surpr...
    BETA PHOTO: Routes on the left side of the south face of Surpr...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Amato cutting loose at the overhang.
    Mike Amato cutting loose at the overhang.

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    By Anonymous Coward
    Apr 30, 2002

    This was given a .10b rating when it was first done, I think the guide book has a misprint. (Still, a nice route)
    By James Davidson
    Jul 17, 2003

    Easy climbing below the protruding flake leads to some fun slab climbing. The bolts are well placed, so slap on some QDs and have a good time! I'd say the upper face warrants an 5.11b rating if you stay on route.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Mar 30, 2004

    Anyone know the name and rating of the route to the right of this one, that goes over the roof?
    By Guy H.
    From: Fort Collins CO
    Mar 30, 2004

    The route is called "The Fix" at 5.11a. I am guessing that a few of the holds have questionable origins.
    By Greaser
    Mar 31, 2004

    "A few of the holds have questionable origins". What, are they bastards, or were they made in china or smuggeled in from cuba with a bunch of cigars.

    No, they are not chipped. There are only 4 or 5 routes out of the 50 or so there that are chipped. Four are on the clock tower and one is up the hill above this climb. Some agressive cleaning on the owl prow (I think).
    By ac
    Mar 31, 2004

    Go to the page for "The Fix" and you will see that several experienced climbers/route developers came to the same conclusion regarding the modified nature of that route. Greaser, if you are so sure that your assertion is correct, why don't you set the record straight on that page.
    By Greaser
    Mar 31, 2004

    ...I said it here because it was brought up here, and I did not notice anything obviously chipped.
    By Nick Fury
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Jun 14, 2009

    Very fun route, there's a sweet heel hook at the top.
    By keith story
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 31, 2010
    rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

    Fun moves at the top. Fury went for the delicate tooth and nail dance at the crux, and I went for the dyno. Either way, great route with a puzzling, balancy crux.
    By Martin Harris
    May 11, 2011

    My first 11 onsight, and it felt soo good. Super balancy and tenuous I truly thought my foot would pop at any time and I would go sailing.
    By Paul Donald Andrews
    From: Nederland, Co.
    Jun 5, 2011
    rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

    Led KFT last Thurs. June 2nd on a perfect day. Loved it. Bolts are well located. The only real committing part is the move over the flake, which is solid. I thought it easier than the move at the same level on CTP. The upper half is a blast with good holds and elegant moves. Above the flake, I stepped left then up to a good stance. Had to make a long reach back right to clip the bolt for the crux move. High step back right onto a couple more good feet, then reach the lower horizontal crack. Hard finishing move, too. I say, if you stay within reach of the bolt line, you're on route. My partner thought I wandered a little too close to CTP, said the pure line was directly up the bolts. What do you guys think?
    By James Cranston
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 16, 2014

    There were definitely some thin, thoughtful moves on the upper face.

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