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Phone Call From Satan 

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

Type:  Sport, 95'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Bryson Slothower on Mar 8, 2006

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Justin warming up on Phone Call from Satan

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Fun and popular warm up.
Steep start leads to fun slab climbing above. The rock gets really good just below the anchor, too bad it's not that way the whole pitch.

(a fun option is to link this with the last pitch of Solar into one long lead)


Right of Caffeine Free, left of Purple Headed Warrior.



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By ScottH
Mar 8, 2006

This first part of this route is steep climbing between giant huecos, and involves some reachy moves. Shorter people seem to have a harder time during the first half of the climb than others, but work your feet up and you will be fine-- the holds are huge and very positive (once you get to them). When you hit the red band of rock below the anchor pay attention-- there are a couple of loose blocks lurking-- make sure you avoid them.
By ashcan
Oct 7, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Gets pretty loose towards the top. If you are new to 5.9 it will seem run out up there as well.
By DJ Reyes
From: Northern Nevada
Jul 13, 2010

I really liked this climb. It's a bit reachy, but I found that intermediate moves could be made to compensate no problem. Steep moves to huge huecos where in one case at least there was a natural "handle bar" to grab. Be sure to jump on this one.
By Hay Banks
From: Oregon
Mar 9, 2015

Look for the phone inside the 4th hueco :P
By Mitch Jacky
From: Portland, OR
Dec 13, 2015

My belayer could not hear me yell take when I was at anchors. I didn't hear him respond so I weighted the rope a bit. I ended up sliding back a good 15' which scared the crap out of me.

Make sure to yell extra loud at anchors because you will be out of sight of your belayer.
By Byron Marohn
From: Portland, OR
Apr 10, 2016

After hundreds of ascents, there is no longer any loose rock on this route that I could find. I believe that getting to the first bolt is currently the crux - I fell off when I misjudged my reach for the obvious jug, though the landing was fine with an attentive spotter.
By Alan Zhan
From: Seattle, WA
Mar 26, 2017

Going to respectfully disagree with Byron a little bit, there are definitely some loose holds, like the left leaning sidepull towards the 6th bolt or so. Most of the stuff towards the top is hollow, but feels mostly ok.

Still a great break from the usual Smith style climbing though, and definitely worth doing.
By Nick Drake
From: Newcastle, WA
Apr 17, 2017

On Alan and Byron's comments, there are two ways to climb as you get into the slabby bits. On the left there is a flake that is hollow, would be easier hands. On the right there is real slab with less obvious/positive hands. If you take the right side rock is solid to the anchors.

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