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Out to the Black 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Darren Knezek
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Submitted By: Darren Knezek on Sep 7, 2013

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A relatively casual first half leads to a steepening section where the holds get smaller, harder-to-find, and are pointed in less-than-helpful directions. Concentrating on feet, and looking for the best of the pockets keeps it sub-5.10. A fun outing.


The second line to the right of the right-facing corner that marks the end of the overhanging rock.


13 quickdraws, 11 bolts plus ring anchors.

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By Travelingrappeler
May 16, 2014

Choss. It needs 5 years of heavy use to even get a star from me. Nice pockets here and there, but a whole lotta choss cubes all over.
By Gabriel Tallent
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 13, 2016
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Still shedding holds in 2016. If I have the right climb, it has a large aluminum ring hung on a sling on the seventh bolt, right before the crux, which is awkward, delicate climbing on breakable holds. Looks like someone bailed? I counted nine bolts + anchors, not 13.
By clive curson
Aug 4, 2016
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

11 bolts + 2 chains. Seemed hard for 5.9. Tried to make it easier on toprope up to the left - still 10a-ish.
By Britney Talbot
Jul 9, 2017
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I counted 9 bolts plus 2 for anchor, not 13. The climb made me a bit more pumped than some 5.10s I've climbed. I would still say it is a solid 5.9 though. There are good finger pockets and footholds throughout the climb and you just have to find them. There's still a lot of dirt and loose rocks so I would advise the belayer to wear a helmet. With more people climbing it, I think it will clean up into a really awesome route!

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