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The Energizer (aka Aerial Vermin) 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a PG13

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a PG13 [details]
FA: John Sherman (TR)
Season: winter
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Submitted By: Aimee Rose on Mar 23, 2006

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Soren cruising Energizer


Thee most notorious 5.12a at the Pit. Bouldery, pumpy, and short. a colorful history and rad moves make this classic worth racking up for.

Can be PG13 if you fall going to the rail where you make the 2nd clip. Also recommended to stick clip the first bolt.


4th route from the left.


5 bolts to chain anchors

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By Michael Sokoloff
From: Spokane, WA
Nov 12, 2006

With a good, attentive belay going for the jug at the second clip should not be an issue. This route is characterized by hard moves between good rests. Take some time to study the starting moves. Done correctly they are not nearly as hard as they look. Feel free to hit me up for beta if needed.
By Ladd
Apr 20, 2007
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

My normal climbing partner wasn't belaying me on this climb, I fell going for the second rail and hit the ground.
My belayer was attentive, however very lightweight and neither of us knew anything about the route.
Just exercise caution.
By Michael Sokoloff
From: Spokane, WA
May 18, 2007

I stand corrected.
By Dean Hoffman
Jun 14, 2007

Think Boulder problem or so the story goes, the Verm back in the day sans rope and bolts
By John McMullen
From: El Portal, CA
Apr 23, 2009

There were so many people TRing this thing on the first day it was climbed. Verm was one of them. He returned and pulled bolts one day, they were back a week later.
B Ward, J Gone, J Middendorf, Verm, More, Myself. Heck, Jim Bridwell may have been there that day ... it was a list.
By CO_Michael
Apr 24, 2009

This climb has some pretty polished holds now.
By tim maloney
May 19, 2009

Thornley did this rig in wool socks.
By CO_Michael
Jul 12, 2009

Chris said he did this climb in his logging boots, slippers, tennis shoes, flip flops, barefoot, and then CAMPUS it !!
By The Captin
Oct 28, 2011

I never did it in socks but I did do it barefoot and I aslo soloed it after all it is more like under 30' with the crux at the mid point.
By Matt Gentile
Feb 25, 2012

socks, barefoot, sneakers and boots! wonder everything at the pit is so polished...put on some climbing shoes and quit mudding up the limestone
By Robbie Brown
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 7, 2012
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

i climbed this route today and loved it. Sent it 3rd go! BETA; Going to the rail by the second bolt should be no problem to stick if you hit it on the right side. And the Energizer has 5 bolts not 4.
By Andrew Greene
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 22, 2013

There are 5 bolts but it seems like most skip the last bolt. Clipping it just adds to the pump and is a little hard to clean. Were you to fall clipping the anchors the 4th bolt is essentially at your feet. The new drop ins up top are really nice.
By Colin Cox
Sep 15, 2015

Clipping bolts 2 and 4 is adequate on this route. It feels easier and easier the fewer bolts you clip. Pretend your bouldering to the second bolt then instead of clipping the 3rd do one more move and clip the 4th, then top out.

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