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Safety In Numbers 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a R

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a R [details]
FA: Mike Waugh, Randy Vogel, Mike Lechlinksi, Craig Fry, Dick Shockley, and Jerry Garcia, Jan. 1978
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Submitted By: Roger Linfield on Jul 8, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Safety In Numbers

Description 

This is a runout thin face, o.k. but nothing special.

Location 

This is near the left end of the west face of The Blob. It is the second face route to the right of the obvious Beginner's Two crack.

Protection 

one bolt and a few pieces of gear


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By C Miller
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Aug 9, 2013
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R

From supertopo.com (supertopo.com/climbing/thread....


Safety in Numbers

"During the late 70s, mass assaults on various routes became in vogue. 4,5 or 6 (sometimes more) climbers would tie in at intervals into a single rope. The leader would head up with the standard (meaning minimal) rack of hexes and stoppers. The followers would begin climbing when the rope ran out of slack. The last person cleaned.

The leader either made it to the top in one "pitch" or when down to the last nut or two stopped and belayed. If more than one pitch were involved, the last person just kept going with the gear collected on the way and the conga line ran in reverse.

About the same time at Josh we named a route on The Blob after this phenomenon. After a couple bolts were placed, it too was climbed in a similar style by the gathered crew."
By Randy
Aug 21, 2013

Here is a more precise linky -- so you don't have to scroll to the 4th page