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Pellet Gun 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: John Bissel, 1993
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Nov 20, 2001

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Sunny on lead.


On the right side of the Ruckman Cave are several reasonably decent routes whose worst characteristic is being close to vertical. Pellet Gun is about 50 ft right of the overhang and shares an anchor with Primer. Pellet Gun is characterized by blocky climbing that has shed some terrifying chunks in the past, however, it is a good morning warm-up and the only 5.10 in the area. Worth a run as long as the belayer remains vigilant.


10 draws and a rope.

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By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Apr 24, 2012
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

A big hold recently broke off at the start, it's now sitting on the ground at the base.
By D Sharp
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 15, 2014
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

This may be a polished and slick route, but there are tons of rests, including two no-hand rests to shake out the pump. It is also wonderfully consistent in its difficulty, all the way to the last move.

While my partner and I both wished it wasn't as polished as it was, frankly, it's still nowhere near the slipperiness of some other "moderates". Get on it before it becomes an 11- campus-fest! :)

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