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Unknown Awkward 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: mtoensing on Feb 22, 2010

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Me leading at the crux dihedral on Unknown Awkward...


Start below the dihedral. Either climb the corner up or climb up the face to the right on jugs to a good stance to get into the dihedral. Place about a #0.5 BD cam size piece in the crack, finger lock and throw up to a jug on the face to mantel onto the ledge. I thought this was the crux.

Climb easier rock to the rest of the dihedral. Finger locks or liebacking with a few hand jam pods get you to a large ledge with a 2 bolt anchor and some slings.


This route is a couple of routes to the right of Rednekk Justice. It is the obvious, chalked up dihedral.


Small - medium sized cams, 2-3 finger-sized piece (small purple BD cam), hand-sized piece for up higher.

Photos of Unknown Awkward Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting there and very awkward on Unknown Awkward....
Getting there and very awkward on Unknown Awkward....
Rock Climbing Photo: Me laying back the crux dihedral. Definitely stiff...
Me laying back the crux dihedral. Definitely stiff...
Rock Climbing Photo: A third pic.
A third pic.
Rock Climbing Photo: Another pic.
Another pic.
Rock Climbing Photo: Start of the climb.
Start of the climb.

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By chris righter
Feb 23, 2010

Does the top 3rd of this route finish with a sandy flake? Trying to figure out which one this is.
By slim
Feb 24, 2010
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Yeah, me too. Been a while since I have been in that area and can't remember the order of the routes.
By Dustin B
From: Steamboat
Mar 8, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

If this is .11, then Rednekk is 12+.
By Dustin B
From: Steamboat
Mar 11, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Some guys from Gunny said that this was .9, and comparing this to the other routes I've climbed in the area, I have to agree with them, throw in a plus for a few punchy moves. I kinda got served on this route, and it's probably going to be harder than most .9+s at other areas, at the Creek it probably would be .11, but it's not an Escalante .11. Fun adventurous climbing though.
By Dustin B
From: Steamboat
Mar 12, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Wasn't trying to criticize your rating so much, just trying to say that Rednekk is (in my opinion) much harder than this route. Ratings are subjective as always and everyone has the right to rate a route however they see fit.
By slim
Apr 1, 2010
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

If I remember correctly, a semi-famous MP climber who 'onsights 5.12 trad' fell and pulled some gear on this one. I've done this one a couple times and always find it awkward.
By Bryce Lokey
From: Montrose
Apr 16, 2012

Awkward is a good term. As a heads up, rock halfway up and for the last 10 feet is very sandy and soft. Rope friction is rapidly degrading these sections. Climbers looking for Escalante "moderates" may use some caution.
By matt j hartman
From: Leavenworth WA
Mar 18, 2013

100% 5.9+. That means it is certainly harder than 5.9.
By Martin Harris
Apr 11, 2013
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

Calling this 5.9 will get some one hurt. It was harder than many a 5.10a in Escalante, and it has sandy slippery and manky rock up top. In fact, I would say it is harder than the opening moves to S Crack.
By Ryan Marsters
Apr 23, 2017

I'd say >5'10", it's 5.10- throwing up to the jug from the roof and thin jams/fingers. If <5'10", the throw is extremely reachy. Wound up doing a strenuous lieback, perhaps 5.10+.

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