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Ruby's Cafe 

YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b

Type:  Trad, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.13- French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E7 6c [details]
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Submitted By: m-earle on Mar 19, 2007

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Rich pullin out of the switching corners crux

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


A thin start leads to changing corners, which puts you under an intimidating roof. A series of badass moves sets you up for thin laybacking to the anchors. Very sustained!


This incredible line lies inbetween "The Last Battle," and Digital Readout.


6 or so yellow Aliens, a few green.

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Climber Brette Harrington hangs on a finger jam wh...
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A most elegant line.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ruby's Cafe
Ruby's Cafe
Rock Climbing Photo: Making the final moves after leaving the knee-bar.
Making the final moves after leaving the knee-bar.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Ben Riley entering the crux corner switch
Ben Riley entering the crux corner switch

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By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Apr 11, 2007

For those of you who know (and hopefully love) the colorful desert hermit/IC climber extraordinaire Alf Randell, or "Alf", you will appreciate this vignette:

Apparently, Alf had done this climb in the dark past with stoppers and tri-cams. Think 1970s. Think bad-ass. And think of my friend, Herb Crimp, a burly climber in his own right, but a modern child weaned on SLCDs and sticky rubber. Touting the more illustrious ascent, Alf guilt-tripped Herb into leading this route. Herb flailed, but flailed respectively, eventually gaining the anchors. Upon lowering, Herb complained, "just because Alf leads something in 1975 with stoppers and tri-cams doesn't mean I have to lead it."

Wise words. You had to be there.
By alf
Jan 8, 2009

I first tried rubies when friend 1-4 with no half sizes were available. I took one fall at the crux during my lead attempt, and top-roped it with no trouble [around 1980]. I am pleased by the solid grains of truth to be had from the comments i have read here. Thank you all for your fairness and kindness!
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Mar 31, 2010

what a sweet route! I aided the line to put up a toprope and give it a go....barely missed the upper crux my first go! Much more managable than i imagined it would be, and so much fun locking in the knee-bar up high! A classic for sure.

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