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Tufa Tussle 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: EFR,Jesse Schultz,Eric Ruljancich,'11
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: 1Eric Rhicard on Mar 7, 2011

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BETA PHOTO: Three bolts up on Dead Sea the climb moves right u...

Portions of the approach and cliffs of this area are on private land. MORE INFO >>>


Climbs the first 3 bolts of Dead Sea then moves right on the ledge. A body length higher on the next ledge most will reach down and unclip the bolt to reduce rope drag or you can use longer draws on the 3rd and 4th bolts. Gets really interesting after the half way point when one begins climbing a light colored tufa. It stays in your face all the way to the anchors. A little grungy in the middle with a move to a flake that looks really scary but is quite solid.


Same as Dead Sea which is about 100 feet right of the rock wall/cave area. Big boulders against the wall here.



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Rock Climbing Photo: Jesse Schultz in a tussle.
Jesse Schultz in a tussle.

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By "Canada" Eric Ruljancich
Mar 18, 2011
rating: 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b

Fun and varied climbing, with an excellent sequence up through the tufa, which will result in a tussle for most.
By Pat Mac
From: Tempe
Nov 8, 2011
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Good route. Another wonderful addition to Tufa City. This route climbs very similar fashion to Dead Sea, however it is easier than it. Climbs a great single tufa up a somewhat blank face. Enjoy the tussle.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Nov 8, 2011

Did you redpoint it Pat?
By Pat Mac
From: Tempe
Nov 15, 2011
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Did it last weekend. Great route. A real struggle but man what a good line.
By Pat Mac
From: Tempe
Dec 12, 2011
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Here is me sending.

By Unassigned User
Jan 14, 2012

Nice Send Pat,

Like to see you out there, especially with your panty hoes on your arm.
By Shirtless Mike
From: Denver, CO
Feb 4, 2013
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Another great tufa route. Skips the hard low crux of Dead Sea to enjoyable moderate climbing with plenty of great rests. After the break the climbing is on, with a great section of single tufa, and engaging climbing up to the anchors. As mentioned there are some scary looking features, a flake near the midpoint and an undercling higher, but both felt bomber when pulled on.

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