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Baby Back T 
Backbone T 
Cracked Rib T 
Dermatome  T 
Ergone  T,S 
Head T 
Left Rib--5.9 variation AKA Ergone T 
Left Route  S 
Plaque Attack T,TR 
Right Rib T,S 
Shark Attack T 
Shark Tooth T 
Spare Rib T,TR 
Spinal Block T 
Spinal Cracker T,TR 
Spinal Nerve T 
Spinal Tap T 
Undercling T 

Spinal Block 

YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
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Submitted By: Ted Smith on Feb 6, 2016

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Moving through the hard section near the 4th bolt.

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Crux is moving above the 3rd bolt through to 5th bolt. Spicy traverse from 2nd to 3rd bolt but grade is lower in that section, feet are good, and a fall would be clean.


This climb is in the middle of the block on lower Sven 3 between Left and Right Ribs--between Dermatome (to the left) and Spinal Cracker (to the right).


Five quick draws and some small to medium gear to protect to the first bolt is optional. Can easily be top-roped by leading Backbone or rapping in from above.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Moving into the crux section.
Moving into the crux section.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Austin Runyon.
Photo by Austin Runyon.

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By Ted Smith
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 15, 2016

This may be an excellent project for those seeking to break into the grade as the crux is fairly short with mostly 10 climbing before and after the crux. That being said, this one is pretty pumpy and bouldery!
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
May 8, 2016
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Nice delicate and sharp (at the crux) face climbing. Agree that it's 10 climbing before and after a fun crux section. Clipping stances are solid.

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