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Optical Illusions 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
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Submitted By: Jesse Zacher on Feb 8, 2010

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Having fun on Optical Illusion.


Begin right of the large block that is the start Simple Mind. Climb past five or six bolts to the same anchor as Simple Mind.

There is an optional seldom done 2nd pitch that requires a C1 move to pull past a bolt to the right of the first set of anchors and climb past another bolt to a crack. Above is another set of anchors. Both pitches could easily be combined for a 100 foot route.


This is to the right of large block that is the start of Simple Mind.


Quickdraws unless doing the second pitch. #3 Camalot and a few finger pieces for the top.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Clipping the last bolt on Optical Illusion.
Clipping the last bolt on Optical Illusion.
Rock Climbing Photo: The goods.
The goods.

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By Jesse Zacher
From: Grand Junction, Co
Feb 8, 2010

All the bolts/hangers have been updated thanks to the generous donation of the ASCA!
By shane hickman
From: steamboat springs, CO
May 16, 2014

Really, really loved this route, I highly recommend doing it. I'd give it four stars, but the rock quality right before the crux is questionable at some points.

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