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Playin' Possum 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 240'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Ron Cotman, Dave Bale, Gordon Briody, Viktor Kramar
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Submitted By: ScottH on Feb 4, 2006

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Climbing the first pitch (5.8) of Playin' Possum.

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Playin' Possum is located just right of Nettlesome. P1 & P2 can easily be combined for a long and fun 5.8 jaunt.

P1. Begin up a small corner just behind a tree, and continue up fun 5.8 moves to an anchor.

P2. Slabbier than P1, P2 continues up another 5 clips to an anchor (5.8).

P3. This pitch is the meat of the climb. Getting established on the face requires some thought, but is not as hard as it might appear. Follow bolts to a shallow, diagonaling crack which requires supplemental gear (~30'). Bolts lead from the end of the crack to the anchor through additional fun and thought provoking moves (5.10a at the beginning and end).


Bolts, plus gear to 1.5". A few stoppers and a #1/#2 cam would be plenty.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down Playin' Possum from the top of P3.
Looking down Playin' Possum from the top of P3.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitches two (rope) and three of Playin' Possum.  T...
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By Lan Dogan
From: Seattle, WA
May 18, 2015

Lead pitches 1 and 2 on sport. We did not climb pitch 3.

Pitch 1 was decent 5.8 with a lower crux.
Pitch 2 was fun smearing slab!
By Sam Cannon
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 3, 2016

Pitch 3 is awesome, and not too hard. The crux is nicely protected. Pitch 2 is a bit lame with maybe one 5.7 move and a short, tightly protected low angle slab after (5.6?) but 1 and 3 are both very fun. I only placed one piece of supplementary gear (a .75), smaller gear (0 - 1 metolius) might come in handy for someone leading at their limit.

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