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Red Corvette 

YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
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Submitted By: Remo on Mar 28, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: Red Corvette.


A great hard route for someone who wants to sample the goods. Climb starts in grey streak 20ft left of crack, and climbs right of the big tree.


20ft. left of obvious crack.



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By DaveGustafson
From: Palm Desert, CA
Jun 20, 2010

People easily offended, please do not continuing reading this post.
The origin of the name of this route is from the following joke..

A male mouse is walking through the jungle when he hears a male
elephant, who is stuck in quicksand, crying for help. The mouse
runs home, gets his red Corvette and a rope, returns, throws one
end of the rope to the elephant and ties the other to the car, by
which he drags the elephant from the quicksand.

A month later, the elephant is walking in the jungle when he hears
the same mouse crying for help, caught in the same quicksand. The
elephant straddles the quicksand, the mouse grasps the elephant's
penis, and is rescued.

Politically correct moral:
If you have a big penis, you don't need a RED CORVETTE.
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
May 20, 2013

Dave is correct on the origin of the route name, though his missing one rather fun part of it. My understanding was this was a local's longterm project and he insisted that others stay off. Anyway, I believe that there was a bit of a disagreement between the equipper and Kurt Smith regarding Kurt getting on it. I think Kurt got the FA anyway and then he gave it the aforementioned name as a bit of "f*ck off" to the equipper. (I will have t double check on all of this with my buddy because this is second hand from him...he was a regular back then).
By DaveGustafson
From: Palm Desert, CA
Jun 29, 2013

Yep, Greg Thomas (and Scott Swanson) skunked by Kurt... by chance, who's your buddy and have we possibly met?
By jhn payne
Jul 12, 2013

I've never heard these theories of the naming, I was with Kurt that weekend as he did a slide presentation on El Potrero. I knew Greg Thomas well, I don't recall any controversy over Kurt doing the route and I believe the name is from the Prince song "Little Red Corvette".
By DaveGustafson
From: Palm Desert, CA
Jul 21, 2013

Ah, who knows... Greg had a way with stories when the Jaeger or Maker's Mark was flowing.

I never made it to that slide show (being a climber from Cape and all), but certainly remember it being talked about quite a bit while waiting in line for a couple laps on Group (there was some ol' dude running up it, if memory serves...)
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Jul 23, 2013

Hey Dave,
I got the story about the name from a buddy of mine named Terry who used to live in Madison. Terry was at one point a regular down at Southern, but this was quite a long time ago (I think this was back when Terry was helping to manage a place in Southern Wisc. called The Barn, which was the Madison area "gym" before Brad opened up Boulder's in Madison.) Anyway, next time I see him I will ask him how reliable his story is. I guess it makes for a funny beer time story either way though.

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