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Pickin' n' Grinnin' 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Scott Perkins, Chris Watford - 2005
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Submitted By: saxfiend on Jan 7, 2007

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The actual start of the route is above and to the ...


An excellent crack lead that will have you pickin' your pro carefully and grinnin' when you reach the anchors. As the Dixie Cragger's Atlas says, this route is much nicer than it looks from down at the sopping wet wall below the ledge where it starts.

From the far left end of the ledge, climb a well-protected vertical crack to the top. Sustained and reachy in places. For more grinnin', start instead at ground level by climbing the first part of Bishop of Krunk and make a tricky traverse right under a roof to the ledge above the water seepage, then continue up the crack.


Starts at the left end of a ledge above the main trail, just to the right of the start of Bishop of Krunk and above a perenially wet wall. Access the ledge at its right end via a ramp system with a bolt.


Small to medium gear (cams, tricams, nuts). Bolted anchors.

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By tlacny
From: Atlanta
Feb 4, 2014

This is one of my favorite lines at Jamestown. The route has at least 3 cruxes that will keep you on your toes. It is a line that keeps on giving.

Note, the discription of the route above is incorrect. The route actually starts up a blank slab with your first piece of pro about 20' off the deck and then moves under a big block and up and
out right to a hand crack to the top with anchors. Bishop of Krunk is a route about 10'left with its own anchors.
By saxfiend
From: Decatur, GA
Feb 5, 2014

I'm guessing that Tim's comment was meant for a different route as Pickin' n' Grinnin' starts on the ledge, not on a blank slab. The route description is correct.
By Scott Perkins
Jul 12, 2014

You guys are both correct. The first ascent climbed the same start area to the big ledge as for Phantom Power. We walked left on the ledge and built a belay and did two routes from there- Pickin n Grinnin and Twisted Pistol. Next time back we did a direct start which ascends the slabby face several feet right of Bishop Of Krunk. Once up the slab it trends right thru a short blocky roof to join the original route at the left margin of the big ledge. IMO the direct start is a better way to do the route (one pitch)and yields more interesting climbing w/out changing the 5.8 grade.

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