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

Type:  Sport, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Karl Kiser, Noah Monagle & Zack Kane, Summer 2012
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Karl Kiser on Jun 28, 2012

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Seriously lovely handles. August 2014.


There is a low crux and a higher crux. The jugs are too much fun. It is better to clip a long sling to the second bolt. Additionally, it is useful for the belayer to have Tevas (standing in the stream is a better belay for the bottom bolts).


Look for the light and dark streaks a little right of the hard routes where the stream is narrow. One can step from a rock to a good shelf where the climb begins.


Bolts to anchor and chains. Rap the route but give the rope a good jerk to keep it out of the water.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Noah Monagle on Love Handles--photo by Zack Kane.
Noah Monagle on Love Handles--photo by Zack Kane.
Rock Climbing Photo: Love Handles, the general line.
BETA PHOTO: Love Handles, the general line.

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By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jun 29, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun route and cool holds that will certainly get better as it cleans up. I added lowering biners to the chains. Hope that's cool, Karl.
By Karl Kiser
Jun 30, 2012

Thanks Jason, we did not have the exact lengths of chain. Enjoy the shady side.
By Philip Schneberger
Sep 16, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Route gets better everytime i'm on it. Seems that there is two ways of going about it after the second bolt. Either stay on the light colored rock which is 9+ or head onto the black rock which is 9/9- in my opinion. Great route, thanks for setting it up!
By David Cole
Jun 15, 2014
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Crux is to the second bolt. I went left, but to the right is also a good option.
Be careful of a ground fall here.
Super fun climbing above 2nd bolt with so many great flakes and variations.
Wish it was longer.

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