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Ten Years After 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: JBaker, JShiefman, Dylan Cooper, Oct 2007
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Submitted By: jbak on Oct 8, 2007

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Steep, powerful, sustained...but good rests where ya need 'em. Overhangs 20+ feet.

21st century start with an old-school finish. The best sequence is not necessarily easy to find. Perhaps a touch of sandbag at 12a, I'm not sure.

An old Glenn Todd project that he let sit idle for 10 years. Hence the name. Well... it's also a tribute to Alvin Lee. All bolts are stainless.


The right side of the SW face is the steepest part of the crag. The right-most route is Dr. Evil. Ten Years After starts about 10 feet left of Dr. Evil. TYA has several fixed draws.


Bolts, chain anchors and fixed draws. You need 5 draws to get up...1 at the start, 2 up high, 2 for anchors.

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Rock Climbing Photo: So good
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Rock Climbing Photo: EDIT: Ten Years After (June 2013)
EDIT: Ten Years After (June 2013)
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike stops about two feet off the ground after his...
Mike stops about two feet off the ground after his...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike trying to clip and me with a loop of slack so...
Mike trying to clip and me with a loop of slack so...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Gura doing the powerful start of the route.
Mike Gura doing the powerful start of the route.

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By 1Eric Rhicard
Jul 30, 2008
rating: 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a

Great start and a fun climb with a practically no hands rest in the middle and a not so fun finish above the cool second crux. Would give it three stars if it didn't have the rest or the last ten feet to the chains. Glad to have the rest on the redpoint run today.
By jbak
Jul 31, 2008

Eric, I actually like the finish. Probably because it reminds me just a bit of Vedauwoo where I started climbing. So it's a (slightly weak) 3 stars for me.
By iancevans
Sep 21, 2009
rating: 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a

Well, I apparently missed a nearly hands-free rest, so the redpoint felt much harder than Cres-Sent (didn't really get pumped on Cres-Sent, was pumped out of my mind through the crux on this one). Guess that's what happens when you try to get these things done quickly and without much beta refinement.

Very fun, but Cres-Sent is better. Next weekend I'll try my hand at Delt Melt.
By Joe Kreidel
From: San Antonio, TX
Oct 2, 2009

A little hold breakage occurred last week on this route. The first good right hand hold after the upper crux (the right most hold on the ledge above the hole, if that makes more sense) broke a little and is not as big any more - maybe a full pad crimp. Still usable, and shouldn't effect the grade, but thought some people might like to know.

Fun route, and except for the good rest, it's all business.
By jbak
Dec 21, 2009 didn't get pumped on Cressent !!?? Loan me your forearms please !
By JesseJ
Jun 5, 2011
rating: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

So much loose gravel on this one... Would be a lot of fun if the rock didn't disintegrate.
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 1, 2013
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

I personally enjoyed the unique finish. After giving a rectal exam to the crack I clipped off an arm bar... on a sport route!

The glue and gravel slightly detract from otherwise fantastic movement. Thanks for bringing this one to completion.
By EWod
Jun 7, 2015

Added leaver's at the top today for ease of cleaning.
By Luke Bertelsen
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 26, 2016
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

My favorite route at the crag. Comfy-Ish holds and physical climbing the whole way. Sinker left kneebar rest, of the no hands required variety, right before the off width. Also one above and below that can help you cop a shake if needed.

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