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YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Paul Foster (trad)
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Submitted By: BrianWS on Nov 1, 2013

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Me onsighting the easiest "11c" in histo...

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Use good face holds and horizontals of the face and arete to gain a stance, then tackle an arcing fingercrack to reach the shuts.
Probably 5.10, though both books list it as 5.11c. Much easier than routes of the same grade in the area.


The southeastern arete of the Disco Buttress. Start atop the belay perch for the southern face or traverse in from the main ledge.


316 steel (2006)

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By Nate Ball
From: Portland, OR
Jan 2, 2014
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Top-roped this after leading Fight. This route is definitely much easier, although more continuous and less varied than its neighbor. It can basically be characterized as a series of long reaches from side to side on gigantic holds.

If this route was truly done on trad gear - and not its neighbor, which would obviously go - then it was a ballsy endeavor. The first 20' could only be protected from the first move. The next 15' take gear but would have to be slung around the arete. The next 15' would be run out to the ledge. It seems like the bolter wanted you to take the roof on directly, which would be utterly contrived. Step right, grab the arete, and swing back over. Another short-lived hand crack up the slab makes for an easy victory romp.
By BrianWS
Jan 6, 2014

Like many of the 'sport' routes in the area, the FA for Piranha was done without the bolts. I'd assume the retro-bolter intended the route as an eliminate, staying on the face left of the arete.

The climbing is certainly more heads-up than most non-bolted lines at LD, but isn't unsafe. The climbing is relaxed when approaching runout territory, and the gear that is there is pretty solid.
By Nate Ball
From: Portland, OR
Sep 17, 2014
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

For the record, the bottom half of this route was bolted before 1998, so although it could be a "retro" job, it was still done before Deng Rong's crusade mid-2000's.
By BrianWS
Sep 21, 2014

Yum Yum's guide also lists it as a sport climb with roughly the same bolt count as it has today.
Matt's book lists it as originally being a gear line, and I remember (incorrectly, perhaps?) the pro being sort of sparse, but pretty solid.
A few other sport lines on this formation are also credited as originally being led on gear (the other 11+ and 12- climbs).
By Danger
From: Taipei City
Nov 4, 2014

No serious stopper moves like its burlier brother Fight, just a cruxy beginning into sustained arete trickiness the whole way.

Grade can be adjusted to your liking - stick left for tough stuff or wander right if you cant handle the heat.
By Huang Li Ting
Jan 12, 2015

Feel much easier than 11C which is listed on guidebook except for the start, more like a 10C.

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