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Neon Leon 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Howe, Howe
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Sep 24, 2003

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Moving around the corner.


This is a steep overhanging route that starts with the rightmost bolt. It then angles left to the left arete and finishes up on the south face. This climb utilized sidepulls and laybacks. Footwork is very important. A very pumpy climb that I felt like I was doing on my side.

The route starts climbing to the shelf with guano on it right of the lower 2 bolts. It clips the bolt off the guano ledge, and then the bolt at the 10 'o clock position. The third bolt is just right of the arete and the fourth is on the south face. All the routes on this wall share either one bolt or more, so it is kind of confusing.


2 bolts atop and 4 draws for the climb. Bring medium runners for the anchors as they are placed poorly. Also, careful with a top-rope, as the rope can get wedged into a crack rather easily. Then you might get hung up on the wall. I used a large hex to protect the initial moves.

Photos of Neon Leon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: That foot actually IS helping
That foot actually IS helping
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting off the ledge.
Getting off the ledge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hanging on those arms
Hanging on those arms

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By Nathan Fisher
Aug 11, 2006

I changed the rating to 5.10d as I feel that is more accurate. The book says 5.10a, but every time I do this I doube that rating. If this is a 5.10a, it is the hardest 10a in the Wasatch.
By Adam Fisher
From: sandy, utah
Apr 30, 2007
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Not the greatest climb in the world, but fun none the less.
Worth climbing for sure.
Watch for rope Snag on 2nd or TR.
By Boissal
From: Small Lake, UT
Jun 18, 2009
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Quite the sandbag at 10a, mid 10 felt more accurate with pre-hung draws. Hanging the draws would have put me on higher holds that looked worst. Not the best warm up either way...

Scary lead up top, you wouldn't want to fall off the last move, a weird mantle to get to the anchor. That slab below looks a bit close.

Lowering off the anchor is almost impossible, I had to actively feed rope through the grigri. Downclimb to get the last draw then rap clean the next bolt and leave the bottom 2 draws on to work the routes to the right (hint: leave draws on the anchor for these routes)
Even on rap it might be a good idea to pad the razor flake the rope runs on at the top...
By tenesmus
Jun 18, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

If you talk about how you're going to do it first with your partner, then rap a single with your belayor as the anchor its easy and safe. Kind of like you do with Half a Finger and saves the rope on those sharp edges.

and its .10a but you have to know where you're going, then execute.

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