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YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c

Type:  Trad, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
FA: ffa jimmy surette 85
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Submitted By: john strand on Nov 3, 2008

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The start is vicious for 15-20' then eases.Originally rated NH 5.12 it's more like V6 or so. Maybe in another lifetime I can do it clean.


Right of Powderfinger, pretty obvious


Rp's and other small stuff, tree anchor

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Nov 5, 2008

cool, what's it like...
By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Nov 6, 2008

What's up with 13a on this? Has the consensus shifted that much?
By john strand
From: southern colo
Nov 8, 2008

Well jimmy rated it 12 c/d I'm pretty sure and that was 23 years ago.The first pitch of Mordor he called 12c, how many repeats has that had ?
By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Nov 9, 2008

Good point. I remember trying Steak Sauce once but it was always hard to find someone motivated to walk out there and belay 15 feet of climbing.
By Chris Graham
From: Bartlett, NH
Aug 8, 2011

Out at steak sauce today. Those two routes are still in good shape. Anyone know anything about the routes that John put up as well as the climbs that the Smith brothers did up there? There is an upper tier and I think they must be up there somewhere?
By john strand
From: southern colo
Aug 8, 2011

Around to the right. Ward's is I think 11a ? Mine was done in a fit of anti bolting temper and rated 8+ no bolts HA HA 10+ R
By jcomeau2 Comeau
Jan 10, 2012

has this seen a second free ascent???
By john strand
From: southern colo
Jan 11, 2012

I would have to say yes, but I don't know who. It's fierce number with RP's for gear. Originally 12c
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Jan 19, 2015

I remember belaying Jim Surette on this when he was trying to free it back in the '80s. My fingers hurt just watching. This is a fierce little crack that is stupid skinny, jagged, and raw---looks like it fractured about last Tuesday. Eventually Jim had to find someone who could belay a full grade harder...LOL.

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