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Smearing for Jesus 

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

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 130'
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Ryan Curry, Taylor Lamoureaux, Mark Bauer
New Route: Yes
Season: winter (or whenever its cool)
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Submitted By: Ryan Curry on Nov 7, 2009

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A rarity in the 'Fords, Smearing for Jesus is a sustained face climb that requires slab skills, stamina, and patience to succeed. The crux comes early on, but keep vigilant, there are several tricky face moves in the first half of the pitch.
Start at a double-bolt anchor/rap station about 115' above the ground and 40' east (and slightly downhill) of a small tree. Utilizing knobs, tiny edges and pure friction climb past nine bolts, aiming for a short left facing corner about 70' up. Glide up the thin corner to a bulge, pull past it, and cruise the beautiful splitter to the top. Be careful, to the right of the splitter are some fishy looking blocks that are off-route and easily avoided.


The first half of the route is bolt-protected. The second half requires micro-wires, small stoppers, and cams from 3/8" to 2" (doubles are handy in the smallest sizes). There's a double-bolt anchor at the top. Either rap the route and TR with 2 ropes or carefully rap off to the west with a 60m rope. From here you can walk down to the start of the climb and rap to the ground with 2 60m ropes or one 70m rope.


Smearing for Jesus ascends a light colored buttress with an obvious horizontal quartz dike at two-thirds height. Perched on a tier one pitch above the ground, it's accessed by climbing either of the first two pitches of The Hand of God. The left (west) option is marked by a protection bolt at the start. Look for it about twelve feet up. This pitch is 5.11+. About fifteen feet to the right (east) of this pitch is the original (and far easier) start to The Hand of God. It follows a shallow trough-like feature with double cracks . It's somewhat marred by vegetation but is more fun than it looks. This pitch is 5.8. Both of these pitches end at a double-bolt anchor. The bolts are more difficult to see from the easier pitch; just keep looking left (west) when the climbing eases off.
Be careful when you top out as there's an abundance of loose rock on the tier itself. When you do top out simply walk east for 40' or so and find the double-bolt anchor that marks the start of Smearing for Jesus. This anchor can also be used to reach the ground with a 70m rope. (CAREFUL! it's almost exactly an 115' rappel).

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Rock Climbing Photo: Woodhood Topo
BETA PHOTO: Woodhood Topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike climbing the Hand of God's easier first pitch...
Mike climbing the Hand of God's easier first pitch...

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By Milton Mugambe
Nov 23, 2009

A more direct pitch leads up to the base of the slab and the chain anchor. This pitch starts thirty feet to the right of the bushy 5.8 approach pitch. Climb a short hand-crack, that rises from a ramp, to a ledge and climb 4th class terrain, straight up the the base of a clean hand-crack that parallels a right-facing flair/corner. Climb the hand-crack and flair to a shallow right-facing corner along a finger crack. At the top of the corner step left and go up and left to the to bolt anchor below the excellent slab. This pitch avoids some loose rock encountered on the other approach options and offers a decent warm-up for the challenging face climb above. This pitch is called The Weak Stick. The climb follows the dirty/bushy corner below and to the left the climber in the photo the crack and flair are clean now. Dan
Rock Climbing Photo: Weak Stick approach
Weak Stick approach
By Tyson Waldron
From: Reno, NV
Nov 27, 2013

This thing will be certified slab gold once it cleans up. I'm not sure if it will become easier or harder once it does though. Some delicate footwork on delicate footholds. My flash was blown while chalking up, by a foothold shedding off. It's excellent rock, but still a little green around the gills.
By Salamanizer suchoski
From: Vacaville Ca.
Mar 24, 2014
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Fun route that actually takes some pure friction. A little grainy but not too bad, like Jtree kinda. The first half is really tightly bolted and I ended up skipping a few bolts cuz I only had 7 draws. Shouldn't have bothered because the difficulties subside as soon as you can reach the arête and a bolt or two can be substituted with gear up higher.

Didn't find any use for micro anything (nuts/cams). A couple finger sized pieces do the trick.

Soft for the grade.

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