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YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Kirk Miller? (before bolts?)
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Oct 10, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: A good view of the short dyno about 3/4 of the way...


This is the left-most route. Some people whine about its existence, but what else are you going to do, drive farther? The crux is getting off the ground with scary ground fall potential.


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Rock Climbing Photo: My wife top roping Left Route
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My first lead, shaking out right above the crux (t...

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By Dave Wachter
May 25, 2008

Actually harder than the route just to the right (especially the start, which is NEVER 5.9+), and much poorer quality. Best to skip it.
By Nick Manke
From: Edgewood, NM
Oct 28, 2008

The start to this one will take you by surprise. Like others I'd say this move is more challenging than any of the moves on the area favorite just to the right.
By Robin
From: Albuquerque, NM
Jun 1, 2009

Not reccommended. Dirty, slopey and often full of water. First time I did it I thought it was supposed to be a 5.8. It is NOT a 5.8.
By Jarred Cleerdin
Jun 10, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Its worth running up. Good foot work will make the starting moves static and feel about 5.9 if your throwing for that first good hold a couple feet up from the lip you are probably not being very creative with your side pulls and footwork.
By Byron Marohn
From: Portland, OR
Jul 23, 2017

At 5'8" I actually quite like the first bolt on this one. It's high, sure, but you can just reach it from the good pinch/jug before committing to the initial crux. With the draw clipped, the crux is nicely protected for such a low crux.

If you're a little shorter, a short stick/twig and some tape should be good enough to get the first draw hung. No stick clip required IMO.

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