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Sidewalk Surfing 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Sport, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: Lee Hansche, 4th o' July 2011 (TRed in the past?)
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Jul 4, 2011

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The most direct line up the less than vertical face to the left of the Hawaii 5.0 chimney.
Some may call it slab but it climbs like a low angle face. You are mostly on your feet but you need to pull pretty hard on many small sidepulls and underclings. Footwork is king on this tricky little climb.

Start in the middle of the wall under the first bolt. Trend up and left on decent holds to a sharp gaston. The crux starts hear and doesn't end til the 4th bolt. Climb up and right to some small underclings then make a big move right, or if you are under 6 feet tall make a few harder moves to gain the same hold. Continue up good but insecure moves heading back left until you catch a break above the 4th bolt and you can cruise to the top.

This line or one much like it was likely done on toprope in the past. I Believe this is the most pure line up the face and deserved to be bolted and hence, see some traffic. So far people who have seen the line have been psyched to give it a try.

Warning: the difficulty is height dependent but my friend who is not tall (5'5"ish) figured out beta for her so you can to!


left of the 5.14 sector. Just left of Hawaii 5.0 chimney. Just right of Groupie Fantasy.


5 bolts to anchor with fixed biners.

Clipping the 4th bolt was a little delicate for me, but with the right foot holds and body position its not bad.

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jul 4, 2011

I'm itching to hear what others think of the grade so if you climb it please vote on the grade!
its really fun for its style!
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jul 4, 2011

not great footage but this is the route... hard to see what im working with from so far away but you get the idea...
By S. Neoh
Jul 4, 2011

Nice send and interesting line, Lee. From what I can remember, the line we happened to play on years ago started further to the right and trended slightly left towards Groupie near the top. Congrats, esp since today's conditions were not optimal for thin face / hard slab.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jul 4, 2011

thanks man! it certainly was oppressive out there today haha...
By Michael Z.
Oct 14, 2011
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b

I found this significantly harder and more slabby than "Static Cling" fun and defiantly insecure!
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Oct 14, 2011

nice mike, im glad you got on it! i agree that its harder than static... i think of Static as a few move v4 (12a) slab boulder prob, this is MUCH more sustained, route with more hard moves in a row, and its much higher quality... i have no idea where the grade will land once it sees more traffic but i think its very worth while no matter what it is :)
By Michael Z.
Oct 15, 2011
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b

Hard! Nice job again Lee!
By Olivia P.
Aug 4, 2017
rating: 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

I got on this climb a few days ago at camp, and I was really surprised at how good it is. Given the lack of recognition, I wasn't expecting it to be as amazing as it was. The movement was super fun, the holds were really interesting, and it was extremely technical. To me, it felt harder than Static Cling (which I have done), but just as good, if not better. The route felt very sustained, though there were some reachy moves. I'm only 5'2" but I was able to figure out beta that worked, so it is possible for really short people. I got every move and I'm excited to go back in a week for (hopefully) the send. I'm really glad that I was able to get on this climb, which deserves, in my opinion, much more traffic.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Aug 6, 2017

Olivia, I'm so glad you really enjoyed the climb! I agree it is very good and such a different style than the other climbs at Waimea. I made sure it was doable for shorter climbers before I bolted it but it is certainly much harder. I wouldn't be surprised if your send will be the "FSA" first short ascent haha. Let me know when it goes!!
By Olivia P.
Aug 10, 2017
rating: 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Thanks, Lee! I was able to send it on top rope yesterday. I still have to go back to get the lead send, however.

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