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BETA PHOTO: Lucky Strikes
Like the DCA says, this is one of the best routes at Starr Mountain. The roof near the end is exposed but nicely protected.
Starting on a short arete, sometimes tenuous moves lead to a short roof with nice horizontals. Pull the roof and continue to the top, enjoying the spectacular view of the Hiwassee River.
Starts 10' right of Vulcans Do Not Bluff, across from the Pleasing to the Touch face.
Small to medium nuts, cams. Gear anchor at the top.
A good stance gives Denmark an opportunity to cons...
By david Adkins
Nov 11, 2008
PG-13 in my book; the protection before the crux it not all that good.
By Gregg Albritton
Jun 10, 2015
I first climbed Lucky in 1992, and it is one of my favorite 5.9's in SE Tennessee and have climbed it many times.
If you are climbing it on lead be sure to set gear from the rocking-chair just before you slide out and around the arete because a fall here could be nasty. Also, you can pull the ceiling by working up to it and reaching over and seting a 0.75 Camalot to the right in a horizontal with a 4' sling and protect the pull. Once up you can set a 1 or 2 in the horizontal and then catch another set before you top out.
Again I rate it as 5.9 only - not 5.9+.