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Unemployment Line 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Patrick Cicero, 1991
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Submitted By: Almonzo Wilder on Jan 2, 2003

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Description 

This is the second bolt line from the right on the east-facing (first) section of the Left Hand Wall. The climb has a thin start past three bolts on a relatively slick face. Things get easier higher up. Overall, this is a fun and straightforward face climb.

Protection 

6 bolts with chains.


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Rock Climbing Photo: About 15 feet below the chains on this route.
About 15 feet below the chains on this route.

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By Scott Tucker
From: Tucson, AZ
May 9, 2006
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Very spicy getting to first bolt. Bad landing too, so watch out. I found this considerably harder than the 5.9 to the left. Both 5.8s and the 5.9 all get easier higher up.
By Zachary Wilson
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 25, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

A little tricky at the bottom. I found myself wishing I had a spot.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Dec 3, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13

PG-13 without supplemental gear (micro cams). Ledge-fall runouts on easier but not trivial ground near the top, start is significantly harder than 5.8.
By Myk BROWN
From: tucson, az
Dec 27, 2011
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13

Like most of the climbs on this wall falling before the first bolt would kinda suck. Crux moves are well protected with 3 bolts, then some pretty good runouts on easier terrain. Fun climb. Added mussy hooks to chains.
By Ian
From: Marana
Jan 16, 2017
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Unfortunately I watched a new friend fall and sprain her ankle on this climb going to the high 1st bolt today. I followed up her efforts and thought it was odd that the crux of the climb comes before you are on belay. I also found a bomber nut placement in the crack of the low crux. I would at least label this route as mixed. It's worth doing, but bring your nuts (one way or the other) or stick clip the 1st bolt.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Jan 21, 2017

Old school rock climbs often had the hardest moves low to the ground. Ideally the climber has enough experience to make a judgement about whether they can do it or not. The choice to try an unprotected sequence is based on how many climbs were climbed at that grade without falling and if your confidence in your ability justifies the risk of injury or death. CLIMBING IS NOT A GAME!

This climb and Resume Builder are not good for beginners or people climbing at their limits. No judgement made regarding the above post just saying for future reference. Will add to info in SQ III.

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