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Scratch My Back 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Randy Kieliszewski 2002
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Submitted By: Ryan Brough on Sep 1, 2006

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This is a pretty contrived route that follows the most difficult line (5.11a) on the West face. There are so many easier ways around the cruxes that it can only qualify for 5.10c. Mostly a jug haul, this route sports ample rest ledges for the pumped. If there weren't such obvious alternative methods to climbing this route, it would probably earn another star because it is relatively long and continuous for the area. My favorite cruxes are between the second and third bolts, and the approach to the anchors.


Towards the bottom of the gully, find a short fist crack on the West wall. There is a steep face with a bolt at the top. The bolt line continues up and to the right through the most overhanging parts of the face. Rappel off from the chains at the top.


8 bolts to 2 chain anchors.

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By Nathan Fisher
Sep 2, 2006

I have added the name to this route and a bit of info: The beta I saw rated it a 5.11. I will leave as is, with this comment reporting the 5.11 rating.

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