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The Hornet 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Mike Cronin
Season: You can cruise this route year round.
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Submitted By: BBQ on May 22, 2011

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Betcha didn't know that!


The AMC Hornet was a compact automobile made by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) in one generation beginning with the 1970 model year and continuing through the 1977 model year. The Hornet replaced the compact Rambler American marking the end of the Rambler marque in the American and Canadian markets.Right now, there is probably a Hornet sitting idle in your fat Aunt Sally's garage, an unsuitable ending for a low profile vehicle that actually accomplished quite a bit within a rather unnoticed career.

The Spearfish Canyon Hornet sits atop a pedetal that it shares with The Spirit. In fact, it is the route just to the right of The Spirit. And, in fact, one could argue that it resembles your fat Aunt Sally's left buttcheek since it is so rotund and dimpled.

The Hornet's styling was based on the AMC Cavalier and Vixen show cars. The Hornet, as well as the Ford Maverick, were considered a response by the domestic automakers to battle with the imports. Development of The Hornet took AMC three years, a million man-hours, and US$40 million. The Hornet was an all-new design sharing no major body components, but utilizing some of the Rambler American's chassis and drivetrain. An all-new front suspension with anti-brake dive was developed for AMC's large-sized "senior" 1970 models, and instead of developing lighter components for the new compact-size platform, the same parts were incorporated into the Hornet.

I have no idea how many millions of man hours it took to equip the Spearfish Canyon Hornet. All I know is that I have projected this thing season after season and there is something about it that compells me to come back for more abuse. The route is short, technical and not easy to send. Like the car it is named after, this sporty climb has a rabid cult following with fans like myself preaching its virtues to snot-nosed residents of Boulder and Rapid City, who believe that their status will improve if they drive some foreign import and can brag about how they sent The Crosscountry...which is only 5.11b by the way!

Don't let this route just sit in the garage like your fat Aunt Sally's rust bucket! Don't pass this route up because it has no stars in the outdated Junek guidebook! Do you know how your aunt Sally's ass got so fat? It was from apathy! It's the same apathy that keeps you dinks from getting on this climb because you're so in love with yourselves and feel the need to show your friends how you can send something in the Land of the Shorties for the umpteenth time already! Don't let this climb be lost to annuals of the used car lot! Take it for a spin! I know where you live!


The Spirit, The Hornet and The Concord are three worthwhile routes that have been unfairly housed in the "shed" far to the left of the AMC Wall's "main garage". They are up on a pedastal thus stick clipping the first bolt on the harder climbs is recommended so that we don't have to climb down the hill to retrieve your mangled bodies because you were too obtuse to wear a seat belt! Drive safely.


Eight quickdraws and a stickclip.

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