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YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
FA: Bill Bently
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Submitted By: bayard russell jr on May 28, 2016

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Dec 2001, first crux right off the belay. Photo cr...


The meat of Naugahyde is 8 bolts of sustained crimping on a gently overhanging wall, with only one marginal rest. This route gets the grade of 5.12c/d in the Handren guide, but after a crucial foothold broke low on the headwall, the crux became a body length longer - this extra body length is now probably hardest bit of climbing on the route - which is for the better!
Sustained crimping on small edges, sidepulls, underclings after a very "traditional" feeling boulder problem gains access to the route.
The rock may feel friable, but it has gotten a lot of traffic and no more holds have broken. There is a very large partially detached flake that the route finishes on, it hasn't moved yet, but it looks a little scary.
A great route to put together. 13a is my best guess for the grade, but would love to hear other opinions.


Alcohol Wall. The first route left of the black fixed rope protecting a 3rd class traverse of doom.



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