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Lower Tempest 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Mike Tupper
Season: warm
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Submitted By: Rich Strang on Sep 8, 2013

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Lower Tempest


Climb bullet solid but low angle rock past several bolts to anchors below the overhanging arête


Right side of Renaissance Wall at the edge of the brush. The furthest right line on the wall


Bolts with lowering chains/biners

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By Shirtless Mike
From: Denver, CO
Sep 8, 2014

Be careful on the huge hollow flakes between the last bolt and the anchors. Seems like the last bolt could be moved a little higher as well being that clipping the anchors might be the crux. Would be a pretty scary lead for someone at their limit.

Edit 8/8/15: Aaron has cleaned this one up and moved the anchors making for a much more pleasant experience. Still feels like a solid sandbag at 5.8
By Dave Wachter
Jul 30, 2016

I never understood why some climbers are so mean spirited and asinine about naming climbs. I suppose there's a fine line somewhere between objectionable and witty. This isn't even close.
By Amy Jordan
Aug 2, 2016

Dave, I totally agree. I thought this route's name had been changed by the moderators in MP, but it seems to have been changed back...or am I misremembering? We have taken to calling it "Lower Tempest" after Aaron bolted an extension, just because nobody wants to say the original name.

What right does a first ascensionist have to leave this kind of blight on an otherwise great crag? I get that there are classic route names out there that may be offensive to some, and that there's no universal standard for what's OK and what's not OK, but this just seems to cross a line that is really unpleasant. I would vote to change it to something else, anything else.
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Aug 2, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I don't recall the name being changed on MP at any time but I concur with Dave and Amy the name is over-the-top crass. I've changed it per Amy's suggestion to "Lower Tempest" from the original name "Asian Whore". I include the original name here in my comment in case someone really takes issue with the name change here on MP and would like to know the original name.
By doni
From: NM
Aug 3, 2016

I did a quick search on Mountain Project for route names that I find offensive and I found over a hundred. Let's keep the ball rolling and throw that individual nonconformist crimethink down the memory hole.
By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Dec 14, 2016

I do take issue with renaming. should not be simply over riding the name given by the FA-ist. I hope that is not what has happened here.
By George Perkins
From: The Dungeon, NM
May 28, 2017
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Not to advocate for or against renaming climbs in the interest of political correctness...

We met the climber for whom the climbs' original name (Asian Whore) was named for today. Her husband helped Mike T. put up the route and named it. There's a funny story behind the name, which she was happy to tell us (we wouldn't have even thought to ask), and didn't seem offended by it. "City Girl" was named in a similar spirit. But it seems "the community" would prefer to lose that small aspect of climbing history, albeit insignificant, so I'll withhold the punch lines.

Carry on.

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