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Space Oddity (a.k.a. Significant Local) 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Frank Dusl, August 15, 1990
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Submitted By: Alex Shainman on Aug 18, 2001

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Space Oddity, AKA Significant Local.

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The Woo is not limited to offwidths and other ripper cracks for that matter. The killer feldspar crystals embedded in the slabbier angles yield to amazing, intricate face climbing holds. This route is by far the most spectacular face route in the Woo that I have been on.

Begin by soloing up an EZ chimney and belly crawl (every route here has some weirdness) across a ledge to reveal two studded paths. The route out right is Young Guns, 13a... Both routes share the first bolt. Get psyched and launch off for 110' of sustained and devious crystal pimping....

The beta: do hard moves, clip a bolt and repeat for 12 bolts total. There are lots of tricky moves with a cruxy section along the way. AWESOME!

  • *Don't pull too hard on the "rest" flake 1/3 of the way up** At the top, you have a choice of 3! anchors...The Fixe ring set (directly above last bolt) seems most prudent for bringing up your second.


12 QDs, two ropes, and stiff front-pointing shoes!

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By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Apr 16, 2004

My partner hates this route. Hates it with the passion of a thousand suns. He's a pretty good crystal pimper, but he could barely operate a zipper for several days after getting liberally worked on this thing. He claims his feet are still numb from it. Back to climbing cracks I suppose.
By djkyote
Jan 11, 2013

FA of this and the 13a was most likely Frank Dusl or one of the guys that worked at his climbing shop in Laramie, circa 1991-93.
By rob.calm
From: Loveland, Colorado
Aug 2, 2013

Frank Dusl did the first ascent on August 15, 1990. No doubt in my mind. I belayed him.

By double delay
From: Asheville, NC
Sep 10, 2014

Protection here says 2 ropes, will a 70m get you back to the ground?
By Alan Doak
From: boulder, co
Aug 3, 2015

I'm certain that 60m would get you down from the welded shuts at the top of the route. The middle mark of my 60m was just 7' off the ground, with the rope unweighted and running through all the draws on the route (which goes around the arete).

The welded shuts wouldn't be a very good toprope anchor though, due to rope drag and stretch (and 60m wouldn't be long enough for the 2nd to start at the back of the bombay chimney). Instead, I belayed the 2nd from the ledge on one of the many anchors up there, then did 2 single-rope rappels on the leftmost of the 3 anchors.

Brilliant climb!
By Richard Border
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 1, 2016

Super duper route, though I popped a pulley (A4, middle finger) pulling on a crystal. Can't wait to get back on it :)

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