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Let the Wind Blow 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: FA on TR Cal Swoger, FA on lead...Bob D'Antonio
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Submitted By: Ladd on Apr 10, 2007

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Michael Martin trying oh so hard on the crimpy bad...

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1st 5.12 at the New.

You can start on the left edges or on the right, I've done the climb both ways, I think the left is easier for shorter folks and the right for taller folks.
The crux is working out the moves without sweating off, pulling a pulley or freezing to death.

There have been multiple holds that have broken off of this route and it's now a good bit harder than it was. Pretty chossy.


Obvious thin crimpy face under west side of amphitheatre.


3 bolts to bolted anchor.

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By Alex A
May 2, 2010

This may be one of the 1st bolted routes in the New, did it back in the mid 1980's when there all most no sport routes, reminded me of Devils Lake WI, face climbing very thin,
By Alan Howell
May 8, 2012

One of my first 5.12 ticks. The description is spot on. If you breathe wrong or sneeze you will fly off this thing in a heartbeat. Very tenuous but very enjoyable when it flows properly.
By Chaz-O
Aug 10, 2016
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

A proud classic. I agree with the similarity to Devil's Lake - slippery as quartzite. Unfortunately the grease factor has taken some quality away from this one. Absolutely superb movement, nonetheless.
By Jacob Sustrich
Jun 23, 2017
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

All about body tension... all the holds are good enough, you've just gotta stay as tight as possible or you're off! Fun route, and can very easily be toproped if you climb the 10c next door

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