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The Assassin  

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.12- French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Wade Forrest, JJ Schlick
New Route: Yes
Season: Fall, winter
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Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Jan 19, 2014

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A striking, and conspicuous line, The Assassin (think ninjas stalking through the night) is guaranteed to exploit any weakness in your game, and to cut you to shreds unless you are ready to fight... and fight wisely.

This route is burly, pumpy, and the somewhat technical evil twin to Whiplash. It also shares the same bouldery start of that route. At the third bolt where The Assassin splits left, a combination of long draws, and back cleaning will help your rope flow. Enjoy a somewhat technical section as you start surfing left through a series of shallow pockets and good crimpers which will lead you to an obvious break.

Shake 'em out and take a good look above you. The steeper climbing flows well on somewhat hidden holds and ends in either a huge dead point to the large "ear lobe" feature, or a couple sharp pseudo jams (optional # .75 Camalot). Bare down for a few more intense and exposed moves over the final apex of the head wall as the angle breaks, then pick your way to the anchor.


Starts on Whiplash, right of The Hermit.


First three bolts of Whiplash, then six bolts to the anchor.
9 bolts.

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