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The Verdict (direct) 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Indirect Start -David Rubine, Tom Davis, Kelly Rich 12/1988, Direct Start - Clint Cummins 11/1989
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Submitted By: Darko Sarenac on Aug 31, 2007  with updates from Kyle Queener

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Nice climb, steep and good holds

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The official crux is someplace within the first 30 feet or so, but the beauty of the climb lies in its sustained and slightly overhanging nature.


About 30 feet to the right of Buffalo Soldier.


Six bolts.

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By Linnea Williams
Apr 21, 2008

Great climbing. Every move is totally doable, the holds are mostly friendly, and it is super-sustained.
By Ian Walters
Jan 1, 2009

Great route. Once when I was younger, I was upstaged by a 60+ year old free soloist between tries.
By Keith Forest
May 23, 2010

The original lead came in from the left using the horizontal crack above the second bolt on the direct. If done this way it is the technical crux of the entire climb involving a strenuous iron cross move. Probably 5.11b/c. 1 bolt on the traverse. The horizontal crack can be seen in the photo.
By King Tut
From: Citrus Heights
Nov 30, 2016

Classic jug hauling. Gym climbers should hike this.

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