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Tuff Enough 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Stuart Ruckman 1986
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Jan 1, 2005

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Steep! Great climbing all the way!


This route is on the north face and it climbs through the roof utilizing the wide crack. Angle left near the end to gain the chains on the NE corner of the arete. This route is fun and protects well. Whereas, it is steep and hard looking, it is still a 5.8 due to a lot of good hands and feet. A #4 DMM Cam protected the roof perfectly, and the rest of the route protects well in hidden cracks. Enjoy this fun, but short route.


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By Andrew Gram
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 10, 2005
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

I thought this was quite a bit harder than Coral Bells or Hollow Man. Unique climbing for sure.

The roof protects well with a #3 camalot if you don't have a #4.
By triznuty
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 13, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Move quick through the roof... Good protection all the way. Bring up to a #3.5 or #4 cam. Feels harder than a 5.8. Pretty Steep stuff, but lots of fun.
By Big T
From: West Jordon, Utah
Jun 27, 2008
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Yeah definitely harder than hollow man, at least the overhang part is.
By Greg Gavin
From: SLC, UT
May 30, 2009
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I found the pro after the roof rather tricky. So get some good pieces in the crack before the face climbing starts.
By flyk
Jul 14, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I thought the crux felt harder than 5.8. Standing up while pulling the roof didn't seem to offer many good hands. Protects well though with a #2 or #3 to keep you off the ledge below.
By Peter Hayes
Jul 22, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Bit awkward, but the 5.8 seems fair. This will seem a lot harder for those with little crack experience. The pro I used every time was a double set of TCU's (0-3) and a #1, 2, 3 Camalot with some runners. Try the 5.9's on the "Talk Wall" or the "Aquaduct wall" for a reasonable comparison.
By oliver
Jul 26, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I would say that this is 5.9. Gear is great up the whole thing
By Crag Turkey
From: Holladay, UT
Apr 24, 2015

I remember the roof pull being airy, but great for those who want to solidify their 5.8 lead head. Probably a 5.8+, none of the moves are terribly hard but those feet are pretty small coming over the roof.
By MountainBroTroll
Sep 17, 2016
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

3 star roof with steep climbing, great exposure, and awesome protection, both before and after the roof. The rest of the climb is average BCC trad with questionable placements and some frail looking rock. Probably more difficult than other BCC bolted 9s in the area (e.g,, Red TCU pre-roof, BD #4 for the roof, BD #1 after, a BD .25, and a BD .75. Someone should bolt a set of chains after the roof so you can bail early :)

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