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Sticky Fingers 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Bryan Delaney and Howard Peterson
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Jun 19, 2007

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love this crack! Kind of like it's easier little ...


Sticky Fingers is an awesome finger crack makes the first pitch a must do if you climb hard 5.10 cracks. The second pitch is a hard slab and I'm sure its fun for someone. OK, the second pitch is good;it just made me whimper.

I've listed this route as simply 5.10 because I've heard different reports on the grade from different sources. I felt like the crack was around 5.10b/c and the second pitch was hard 5.10d. However from that you may gather that I love finger cracks and don't do as well on hard slab climbs. So basically make sure you are a SOLID 5.10 climber.

Pitch 1: Climb the perfect finger crack as it heads up and right. There are a few thin cruxes along the way till you gain a pod of sorts where you can rest and then continue to a ledge on the right edge of the buttress. Fixed belay but you might want to back it up.

Pitch 2: Climb out left and clip a bolt. Then make challenging slabby moves left to a good stance (crux #1). Easier mantels get you to another bolt (I don't like the placement of this bolt because it could cause a bad swing for your second). After clipping the second bolt make a few though moves up and right to gain the third bolt (thank god). From here friction straight up making a really hard move to OK holds (crux #2) and better holds as you drag yourself on to the ledge.

One 60m rope stretcher rappel will get you back to the ground.


Just right of Slow and Easy 5.8, it is the right angling thin crack.


Pitch 1: This pitch eats up nuts and small cams. Don't bother with hand sized stuff.

Pitch 2: All you need is 3 draws.

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Nick styling through the middle of the business
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By Casey Bald
Oct 12, 2007

from the top of the second pitch you can keep going up via Raven Crack at stiff 5.9, its the obvious corner system with a fixed nut at about halfway.
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Jul 5, 2010

I didn't find a fixed anchor at the top of the finger crack, as this description suggests. Instead of taking a left and climbing the hard slab, I headed up past the blocks into a chimney/groove feature. This took me straight to the bolt anchors on top of the second pitch. A #3 Camalot would work well to protect the move getting into the groove.

I liked this variation because it avoided the slab and took me to the bolted belay in one pitch.
By Andrew Mertens
From: Berkeley, CA
Aug 20, 2010

There's a fixed anchor at the top of the first pitch as of today, but it's a old piton and a fixed nut with two non-lockers, so it's probably a good idea to climb to the second pitch anchors by way of the easy corner even if you just want to climb the first pitch.
By Michael Miletich
From: Burlington, Vermont
Jul 20, 2014

The first bolt on pitch two looks damaged and the old rap station must have been taken out by recent rockfall. There is now a two nut rap station that could use a piton backup.
By ben smith
Sep 16, 2014

i cant remember, but at least the first hanger was smashed, presumably from rock fall. we TR'd this (w/ redirection) from the slow and easy anchor. definitely a stiff .10!
By Michael Lehner
Jun 26, 2015

Just did Sticky Fingers again (after many years), though this time I got my daughter to lead it! The recent rock fall clearly damaged the first move off the ground. The rest of the first pitch is unchanged. The rap anchor at the top of the first 60' pitch is still just some some old tat tied to an an old fixed pin and a rattly nut and the bolt protecting the middle of the second page still needs replacing.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Oct 23, 2015

Did this first in the EB days of the 80s. Felt 9+ then...if you know what I mean [wink]. Second pitch was just typical hard steep NE slab...if you know what I mean [wink again].
By Ryan Fletcher
May 1, 2016
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Did this thing Saturday April 30, 2015. The first bolt is destroyed (assumed rock fall), second bolt missing a hanger, and the final bolt is okay. So - bring your serious lead head if you plan on leading that friction slab with basically no protection. I bailed to the left after the shitty bolt to the top of Slow and Easy.

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