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YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Bob Gaines, Dana Adler, Yvonne Gaines, October 1997
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Submitted By: Bob Gaines on Mar 23, 2004

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This is the 10 bolt route left of Run For Your Life (5.10b). The crux is cranking past the first 2 bolts (somewhat height dependent). After that, climb up and left on sharp edges, then steep face moves and some marginal smearing gets you to the top. Good variety of well protected moves on this one.


10 bolts to 2 bolt rap anchor (80 ft.)

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jan 13, 2006
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

More positive than most routes at the grade and probably not 5.11 if the crux is down low. None the less, a good route with fun movement that's pretty safe.
By Scotty Nelson
From: Boulder
Mar 6, 2006
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

I thought it warranted 5.11.
The cranking crux might be by the second bolt but the toughest part for me was a marginal friction move by the second to last bolt.
By Randy
Mar 6, 2006
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

As good or better than Run For Your Life -- continuous and excellent face climbing. Crux by 2nd bolt is 5.11, thin moves to top out.
By Phil Esra
Dec 1, 2013

Much harder to get off the ground if you're less than 5'6" with zero ape index--becomes impossible to reach the start "jug." And don't blow the third clip, or you'll deck.

Some tricky route-finding and difficult moves scattered throughout the climb, but getting past the 2nd bolt is the cruxiest crux... at least if you're short.

I found the moves less fun than those on Run for Your Life. 3 stars for this one and 4 for RFYL.
By erik rieger
From: Ridgway, CO
Jan 3, 2014

Hard down low, slippery up high, sustained throughout. Felt pretty dang 5.11. Amazing position.
By Hank G
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 2, 2015

Better than run for your life. I'm tall, with a +2, so the second bolt wasn't bad, but I felt the fantastically sustained, increasingly cryptic face climbing of the upper-section amazing and worthy of 11-.

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