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YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Bob D'Antonio and Greg Hand
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Feb 5, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Sponge Bath and Depends on the left side of the Nu...

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On the middle tier. Go left from the lower tier (bouldering wall) and reach the middle rock. Sponge Bath climbs the slab and then the handcrack on the left up a steep face past two bolts.


Gold and blue Camalots plus quickdraws will get you to a two-bolt anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Stacy on the climb.
Stacy on the climb.
Rock Climbing Photo: The route. Stacy ready to attack the crux traversi...
The route. Stacy ready to attack the crux traversi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Peter Dillon high-stepping the crux.
Peter Dillon high-stepping the crux.

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By David A. Turner
May 16, 2006
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Also an option to put gear in the handcrack, but climb to its right a bit, then jog back left at the overhang. Nice combination of gear and bolts. Sweet bit of steep face climbing at the top.
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 4, 2006
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

We climbed directly up the hand crack in the slanting corner on the left instead of taking the line shown in the beta photo. A #2 and #3 Camalot protected this section well. Thin crux move past the first bolt on the headwall above.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Aug 23, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Better and more independent if done from the left-hand crack the whole way - 2.5" handcrack down low. Take a red & yellow Camalot.
But be careful- not all of the flakes in that crack are trustworthy for gear. I was careful and I've heard a story involving some rock blow-out.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Apr 28, 2013

The crack is really fun when done as a lieback.

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