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The Heavy Hitter 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Mike Moore
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Submitted By: Matt McMurray on May 22, 2006

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I was told that the first ascensionist wanted to rate this climb 5.11a. I am not sure if a final rating has been decided, but I consider it to be a mid-range 5.10.

There is a tricky sequence at the bottom of this route (smearing feet), followed by easier climbing. This second "crux" involves moving through some huge huecos near the top. If you proceed left through the huecos the climbing is easier, but more reachy; proceed to the right, and you have a few harder moves but they are very straight forward.


This line was bolted after Roxanna's new guide was published, so it is not included in her topo. It is the fifth route on the right as you enter the corridor from the lower approach, and starts in a right-facing scooped corner.


Several bolts to the shiny new chains.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Hitting the "thank god" hueco after a sm...
Hitting the "thank god" hueco after a sm...
Rock Climbing Photo: Right or left at the huecos, both are good.
BETA PHOTO: Right or left at the huecos, both are good.

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By Danny Meyers
From: Las Vegas, NV
Mar 20, 2007
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

I'm under the impression that this route's called The Heavy Hitter, I don't know, I could be wrong but........ Bottom line is that it is a really good route and general consensus on the grade seems to be 5.10c. Enjoy.
By scottydo
From: ventura, ca
Apr 11, 2009
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

I thought that this route was harder than Nightmare on Crude Street so I put it at 5.11a
By dnoB ekiM
Oct 18, 2009
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Great Route! Great Name! "One Fall, that's all!"
By Jordan Hrabak
From: Henderson, Nevada
Jul 9, 2010

Crux near the top
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Sep 9, 2010
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

I've climbed this route twice now and upon further reflection a couple of thoughts.

First, a stick clip isnt a bad idea for the first bolt- the starts pretty funky and doesnt have a great stance to clip the first bolt. The second is strenuous, but the holds are bigger.

Second, this route is really sustained- far more sustained than most other .10s ive done in Red Rock- even more so than the two sandbagged ones @ the Dog Wall- its probably an .11a compared to the other .10s in the area.

Third, not sure where the supposed crux is- didnt find a mantle anywhere on route, the thing just kept coming at me until the chains- although there was one move that felt pretty damn hard, but it could have been the pump.

Finally, I'd vote to move the anchor higher up than it currently is- clipping it is kind of a PITA and it'd be better to clip a bolt there, then climb up to the shelf and clip the anchor.

All in all, a great route and well worth doing if you're climbing hard .10s and in the corridor.
By Parker Wrozek
From: Denver, CO
Apr 24, 2015
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

This is a great route. Fun, awesome holds, sustained! Be ready for the start as it comes at you. The moves to clip the anchor are a bit interesting (I moved past to the jug above which could be a not so nice fall...).

Highly suggest you get on this one.
By Manderson198
May 4, 2015
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

A lot of different movements on this one. A smeary, bouldery start leads to big moves on juggy huecos. After the first big rest, you can go left to a cool flake, or you can take a much easier path to the right. Some sustained climbing leads to another great rest. Keep it together and clip the anchors using small crimps. Kind of awkward if you are pumped.

All in all, a great route.
By Sam Sala
From: Denver, CO
Apr 18, 2017
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Jumped on this after warming up on Friend, and thought it was considerably harder in spots (esp the start and top out). I'd give this 11a. First time in RRC and definitely felt like there was some inconsistency in grading. Couple of times where I felt sandbagged on a 10b then the 10a next door felt like an easy 9. Still a super fun weekend in the sun though!

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