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Cryptogamic T,TR 
Knobelty S,TR 
Left Cheek, The S,TR 
Long Toe S,TR 
Middle Toe S,TR 
Pickin' It S,TR 
Sacroiliac Joint T,TR 
Sciatica T,TR 
Scratchin' It S,TR 
Short Toe T,TR 

Pickin' It 

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

   
Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Jerry Klatt and Ron Brown
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Submitted By: Daniel Trugman on May 9, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: The rope is Pickin' It. The Left Cheek is the shap...

Description 

A nice 5.7 friction climb marred by a difficult and contrived start. The crux requires some awkward smearing between the first two bolts, but I suspect you could bypass this by starting a few feet up the gully just to the right of the route. The rest of the climb ascends a nice, low angle slab with pleasing moves.

Location 

The first route to the left of "Knobelty". Just a few feet left of the aptly named "Butt Groove" gully.

Protection 

7 bolts to a two-bolt anchor (shared with "The Left Cheek", 5.8, a climb that starts ~ 6 feet left of "Pickin' It")


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By Josh Cameron
From: Moab, Colorado
Aug 24, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The start is not fun, but worth doing for the great slab moves between knobs above.
By bergbryce
From: California
Oct 9, 2011

If you move up and left after the first bolt for a couple moves on large features, then stem right towards the second bolt, you can avoid the tricky 5.9 smearing and keep the climb at the 5.7 grade without too much hassle.
Using this variation makes for a good lead for a new leader on slab.