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The Upheaval 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Rick Thompson, Glenn Thomas, Bob Rentka, 1986
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Submitted By: Ladd on May 17, 2007

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BP leading up Upheaval 9-2010.

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Sweet slab.

Belay from the ledge or you will not be able to lower the leader to the ground with anything shorter than a 60m rope.

Originally a 5.10c R trad line, it was bolted because it saw only one repeat ascent in 5 years. Since its bolting it has become very popular.

Fun and spicy moves up the slab. Lots of on-your-feet climbing makes this one a classic in my book.


Right most route on the slabs, starts off higher ledge.


8 bolts to anchors.

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By Jacob Sustrich
Aug 10, 2015
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Enjoyable climb, can be a bit cryptic at times as with most slab. Just take your time and look around and you'll be golden. Don't forget to turn around, too.
By Rick Thompson
From: Mount Nebbiolo, CO
Jun 16, 2016

First done as a ground up trad route that used a different sequence that clocked in as 10c R

I later came back, thoroughly cleaned the route of its lichen infestation, and bolted it for its current state.
By D West
Aug 14, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyable slab. To me, it challenged my head game to lead as I felt it had some delicate moves in between bolts.
By jkunz97
Sep 27, 2017

Very fun slab! Plenty of stances to sit and think about the route and take in the view. Upper holds are all slopey and very fun to move on.

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