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Slight of Hand 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Joe Herbst; early 1970s
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Submitted By: John Hegyes on Oct 29, 2005

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This route on the right side of Illusion Crag is about 150 feet to the right of Spell Me. It climbs the right leaning finger crack ten feet to the left of the bolted line False Perception. About half way up, the crack jogs left and widens up. Classic route.

Rappel from the bolted station atop False Perception with two ropes.


Full rack to 4"

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By John Hegyes
From: Las Vegas, NV
Oct 27, 2008

AKA "Skinny Mini".
By raygay
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 20, 2009

After getting past the finger crack, the remainder of the route is 5.7+ with a few moves of 5.8. Beware of a basketball size rock sitting loose on a shelf in the wide crack about 3/4 of the way up. It looks attached so you might be inclined to pull on it. It will move if you do.
By Boodge Nomchompski
Mar 17, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Agreed - 5 moves of 5.9 followed by 100+ feet of 5.7. Still fun, and a long route that eats up gear from C3s to #4 camalots.
By Justin Streit
46 mins ago

A long, fun route that is worth doing, but I don't know about a classic. That said, it's worth a go if you're in the area.

One important note though, we climbed with a 70m and didn't even make the middle marker on our bi-pattern rope, so there is no way this is 150'. Seems more like 110 or 115' as the Handren guide suggests.

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