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Meat Grinder 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: 04.11.2006, Jon Stewart, Jim Opdycke
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Submitted By: Topher Dabrowski on Apr 9, 2015

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Meat Grinder & High Plains Drifter on The Shield W...

Description 

This route ascends the corner just left of High Plains Drifter. Climb up to the "razorblade flake" and place gear in the flaring crack. Continue on to the next ledge system and climb easier but run out terrain to a good placement about 20-30' higher. Stay in the right facing corner system and jam through a crack (crux). Exit the crack to High Plains Drifter's anchors or continue directly to the top of the cliff as per the original line.

This is another Ozone classic that should be climbed more than it is. A super fun and very well protected route.

Location 

In between Short Straw and High Plains Drifter

Protection 

Set of nuts
0.3-3.0 BD Camalots
Double 0.5 & 0.75 sizes


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By Topher Dabrowski
Apr 13, 2015

Another guide described this as "Meat Grinder 5.10d R - Very hard, sustained and steep with poor gear. Use the steep corner system left of High Plains Drifter."

I can see the R rating for the run out section but it's easy climbing given you are jumping on a mid 10 route. I found gear to be very reasonable especially larger nuts and the crux can be protected well; I did not clip any bolts and did not feel it was R rated.
By Jonathan Stewart
May 19, 2015
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

R rating if you don't clip any bolts as I did on the FA. However you can clip the first bolt on High Plains Drifter. Gear is fine if you know how to use it, which I'm always still learning.

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