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Put Up or Shut Up 

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

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Sic Nabo on Jun 21, 2016

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Fun, adventurous moss/choss-aneering. This route leads to the highest point on the cliff via an arete that offers more exposure than any other line at the crag. The climbing itself is not particularly fascinating but the views, exposure, and excitement make this climb worthwhile.

Starts at the far right of Paisano Buttress on the 5.9 to the right of Cromagnon Man. After a couple bolts, hang a hard left and proceed with the thoughtful traverse above the anchors for Cro', Smoke Signals, etc, placing gear between the bolts. Belay from the Burnt Offering II / Deepthroat anchors. A 70m rope just BARELY makes it to the rap anchors just left of the If anchors.


Bolts with interspersed gear placements. A single rack from fingers to #3 BD is more than enough. Don't waste time with stoppers. Bring lots of long slings; the first pitch wanders and the bolts on the second pitch are on the wrong side of the arete.

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By Evan Wisheropp
Aug 14, 2016
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Woah. No kidding, the bolts really are way over on the wrong side. Until the final crack, all the gear placements (minimal) are on the right side, and bolts are on the left. Clip pretty much everything long. It's almost like Paul Humphrey was tripping on shrooms when he bolted it (he was). It definitely shows in the bolt locations. One is impressively burried in a big patch of moss. You can only really appreciate his immense skill in being able to "Put Up or Shut Up." He had a great write up about the experience somewhere, I can find it if anyone's interested.
By Sic Nabo
Aug 15, 2016

Evan, I'd love to read the write up.
By Evan Wisheropp
Aug 15, 2016
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Took some searching to remember where I saw it, but here it is. It's lower down on the page.

I think it would be a nice ode to Paul to share some of his photos on here. He posted the "Put Up Or Shut Up" photos on at least a dozen forums, I think this route really was his baby. I wish I had got to meet him formally...

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