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YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  TR, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Rick Shull on Nov 2, 2006

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Urchin follows the Standard Route until it exits left into the chimney. At the top of the upper dihedral continue straight up ever steepening finger buckets until the surprise move to the "urchin". Find the two finger pocket with your left hand and mantel onto the slab.


Start Standard Route (look for the blocky holds).


Stainless bolts above top out. Use long slings to extend over the chimney.

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By Nick Black
From: Arcata, CA
Oct 17, 2015

Another variation is to head right across the upper face and do a big throw to a jug on the arête, then slap your way up it on good slopers to the anchor
By Mike Horan
Sep 5, 2017
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

There's currently a single bolt for this anchor. I can see where a second bolt used to exist but it looks like it was pulled out. I ended up extending from the bolts for regular route.

Fantastic climb. The last few moves form the crimps through the undercling to the urchin are some of the best on the rock. Probably harder than 10c for shorter people unable to reach the urchin.

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