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YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport
Original:  YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: FFA 2/5/92 by Dave Sowerby
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Submitted By: another Chad on May 12, 2016

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A bouldery climb that takes on the face between Sheer Stress and Sheer Energy. Easy column climbing leads to the first bolt and the start of the crux. Clip the first bolt with a single carabiner and ask your belayer to keep the slack to a minimum. The climbing off of the column is very bouldery and stout. After the second bolt, fun 5.10 climbing is all that's left.


Bolts & fixed anchor (shared with Sheer Stress & Sheer Energy)

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By another Chad
May 12, 2016

Out of respect to the first ascentionist, I added this climb to the MP database as a 5.11+. Having climbed most of the 5.11's and many of the 5.12's at Broughton, I strongly believe that Opus is considerably harder than 11+. It is an outlier at a crag that is already known for having stiff grades.


  • edit 5/18/16: Ok, the route grade has been changed to reflect reality. Considering how difficult Opus is in relation to other routes at Broughton, mid 5.12 seems justified.
By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
May 16, 2016
rating: 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

This is a direct quote from Dave Sowerby a while back "Routes should (and occasionly do) get regraded if they're way out of line, but if they're close (half a letter grade?) we don't usually bother and gladly accept the higher grade".

With that in mind, I'd say list the grade at what it actually is, not the ridiculous sandbagged grade.
By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
May 18, 2016
rating: 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

TR'd this a couple times today. The crux is quite stout, and it felt like 5.12c to me. I didn't get it clean, but made good progress. It's certainly harder than any of the 5.12s I've done locally so far, including a couple 5.12c's. The climbing outside of the crux is quite fun, and this route would be a fun mid-5.12 tick if graded correctly. As it is, the assigned grade makes it frustrating. Think of it as a 5.12 and go have fun on it! Easy to TR.
I'm also planning to move the first bolt left about 1', and that should eliminate the "R" rating completely.

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