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Pin Cushion 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Dan Levison & Bob Lagier
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Dan Levison on Jul 1, 2003

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    Pincushion starts 30 feet right of That's Weak. Ascend the short face with a distinct crux move just after the third bolt. The anchor is after the face above the second ledge. This pitch is a good warm-up and/or approach pitch for the current and future headwall routes above.


    4 bolts; 2 bolt anchor.

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    By BL
    Jul 1, 2003

    Bob, we used klettershoes, so yes, definitely edging shoes work well.
    By Dan Levison
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 6, 2003

    Thanks Bob! The second pitch (in progress) is even better!
    By Ray Snead
    Jul 12, 2003

    The grade is about right - if you include a hearty tug on the second and third quick draws, that is. A breath of fresh air for those who are sick and tired of overbolting or soft grading.
    By Ray Snead
    Jul 13, 2003

    I apologize for the lack of clarity in my earlier posting. I thought that the sarcastic tone was sufficiently established in the first sentence to carry over to the second.

    So I will be clear. I think that Pincushion is noticibly harder than 11a, and believe that the bolt placements were made with an eye toward minimizing the bolt count, not toward making a good 5.11 route. This might be more understandable, but still quite ironic, in the context of this being an approach pitch to a lavishly bolted project above.
    By Dan Levison
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 13, 2003

    Hi Ray,

    I bolted Pincushion and the project above. I agree, Pincushion is probably 2/3 letter grades harder than 11a, but it seems every new route in the canyon gets massively down-graded; therefore, we decided to start on the low-end of the scale. I disagree, I think the protection is adequate, and it doesn't detract from the quality of the pitch. BOTH minimal bolt placements AND pitch quality were equally addressed. The project above isn't lavishly over-bolted - it simply appears that way because the first couple bolts are close so the climber doesn't hit the ledge and/or belayer if he/she falls when climbing directly above the belay. Thanks, BTW send me an e-mail, let's get out - we haven't climbed together in about 10 years. Take Care,

    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Jun 24, 2005
    rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

    Good route, maybe middle 5.11 in the right conditions. However... this climb can get downright slick in poor weather- I got totally shut down [slipping] on and off of the crux with raw skin and humidity after having just done a neighboring 5.12 with much less effort.The first clip is sporty to get to, especially for the shorter folks.
    By Aeon Aki
    Jun 30, 2008
    rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

    The sportiest way to clip the first bolt is with a stick.
    By SirVato
    From: Boulder
    Jul 10, 2008
    rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

    I like the bolt spacing. And I am of shorter stature so, the first clip was a bit sporty. Also seeing how far the next bolt was I opted to clip a lone 'biner to the first bolt to save a foot or drop should I blow any of the moves above. I'm also going to have to go with no more than 11b. I don't usually onsight 11c and definitely not 11d!!
    The pro is adequate but that's it!! No more no less, I thought the movement was great and, although short, it was a pretty exciting pitch!!
    By slim
    Sep 1, 2008
    rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

    Really interesting, albeit short pitch. I thought there were 2 definite cruxes, getting past the 2nd bolt and getting past the 3rd bolt. For the crux at the 2nd bolt being tall seemed pretty advantageous. On the flip side, being tall at the 3rd bolt sucked. By the time I rocked over onto the left foot, I already had the shitty, slippery (yet somehow sharp) crimp at my shoulder and didn't have much range to pull it down. Instead, I ended up using a right hand, flake gaston (above the hold that you spend half of the day hanging out and dunking your hand into your chalkbag), and left hand manteling.

    The fun doesn't stop there though, as the holds are still kind of weird and insecure, and you have to make a few moves to clip the next bolt. For a bolted 11a in Boulder Canyon, this one felt pretty legit.

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