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Learning to Fly 

YDS: 5.13 French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: X- ZA: 30 British: E7 6c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.13 French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: X- ZA: 30 British: E7 6c [details]
FA: Didier Berthoud, Chris Kalous (belayer, equiper)
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: chris Kalous on Nov 6, 2006

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Splitter, overhanging .75" crack. I put an anchor on this but could barely toprope the moves so I lured Didier up there and he sent it after about 6 tries over a few days. Didier disappeared into a Christian commune two years later. I sent it 7 years later!


Look for the amazing overhanging splitter on the right side of the main alcove, past Time, Dancing Queen. Flat area in front of angled boulder. Slab start.


One or two .3 Camalots. Five or six .4 Camalots.

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By Dave Cummings
From: Grand Junction, CO
Jan 27, 2011

By chris Kalous
Nov 26, 2012

I'm proud to say that I finally bagged this thing a couple weeks ago. 7 year project. Point for team old.
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 26, 2012

Proud send Chris! And thank you, it gives me hope.
By eric zschiesche
Dec 3, 2012

Hey Chris, Congratulations on tying the package up,... sometimes it can take awhile ( speakin' from experience ). The route looks Awesome !!! In the Spring,... I'll have to take a peek.... Again,... NICE JOB !! Also, bro,... think of yourself as a member of the Mighty Middle-agers,... we've got to save the " old " for a few more seasons..... Cheers !!
By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From: Lander, WY
Dec 3, 2012

Dude... he called you old.
By skinny legs and all
From: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Jan 12, 2014

Alex Honnold made the first onsight of Learning to Fly, and I think Steph Davis made the first female free ascent.

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