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Psalm 32 

YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a A0

Type:  Trad, Sport, Aid, 3 pitches, 250'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a A0 [details]
FA: Patrick Munn and Dominic Eisinger, summer '94
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Submitted By: Chris Duca on Dec 14, 2007

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  • Description 

    As of the printing of the Don Mellor guidebook, this route has yet to see a first free ascent. That was in 2001. Considering all of the activity on Poke-O since then, it is hard to believe this route remains constant with one point of aid.

    Then again, it is Poke-O.

    Psalm 32--the song of forgiveness--is the tremendous, plumb line right of Southern Hospitality (5.11+) that snakes its' way up the cliff using incipient cracks, thin faces and corners.

    Pitch 1:
    Follow the crack in the vertical dike up to a series of bolts and a balancy crux sequence. Belay at bolts out right on a ledge under an ominous roof. 5.11+ / 60 feet

    Pitch 2:
    Crank up past the roof on the left and follow a tight line of bolts up a technically baffling face to another bolted belay on a small ledge. 5.12a/b / 90 feet

    Pitch 3:
    Follow the obvious right-facing corner to a point where the holds and free climbing runs out. Use bolts and aid technique to reach the anchor. (Note: There is a section of about 15 feet of aid to reach the anchor.) 5.12+, A0 / 100 feet


    About 80 feet to the right of Gamesmanship. on a low wall. Psalm 32 is the furthest crack line to the right.


    10 quickdraws, and small rack of stoppers/RPs plus camming units up to a gold Camalot size.

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    By Cowboy Roy
    From: SLC, UT
    Jul 18, 2012

    Has there still not been a free accent?
    By Jim Lawyer
    Jul 18, 2012

    Correct. The third pitch is one of Poke-O's great unfinished problems! It would be very exciting to see this freed (hint hint).
    By Morgan Patterson
    From: CT
    Aug 28, 2012

    Has Pete K. given it any licks yet?
    By Chris Duca
    From: Havertown, PA
    Sep 3, 2012

    Not to my knowledge, though he has worked on the project above "The Howling", I believe.
    By Nick Weinberg
    From: Lyme, NH
    Jun 9, 2015

    Pitch 1 is a brilliant exercise in balance and footwork. Well protected and sustained, but never desperate, with at least two no-hands rests. There is debate as to the grade of this pitch. Whatever the grade is, if you can climb 5.10 moves you can get up this safely.

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