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The Arch 

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

Type:  Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Sam Lightner Jr.
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Submitted By: Nick Stayner on Aug 16, 2007

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Fun movement that flows really well. People seem to find different cruxes, but one thing all agree on is the pump that will hit you in the last 15 feet! A great combo of technique and endurance.


Route is the second line right of Waterstreak. The Arch Direct is the line between the two, following the Arch feature directly rather than going in to the arch from the right.


Bolts, clip-and-lower anchors.

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By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From: Lander, WY
Nov 22, 2008

Actually, I did the F.A. on this. Rex of course could have gotten it but he gave the route to me. Nice of him.
By Will McFarland
From: Lebanon, NH
Nov 26, 2013

This thing felt more 12c/d than 12a. Definitely sandbagged. Would venture to say the climbing is sustained 12a with little to no rest.
By telepaulk
May 20, 2016
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

The Arch is super fingery and sustained, but compared to the other BTB routes 12a seams fare to me. Blitzkrieg feels easier at 11d and Waterstreak is harder at 12b. Great route and a must do if you climb the grade.

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