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Walk on the Wide Side 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  , 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: FA - P.Gallagher, K. Gunther circa 1988
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Submitted By: Craig Quincy on Mar 10, 2004

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  • Description 

    No lines at the base of this route. As the name implies, this is an offwidth. It is located right of Potstash, an obvious 5.9 sport pitch on a roadcut, and left of Big Sky Mud Flaps. There are a wide variety of interesting moves required on this route, but the crux boils down to good old fashion off width grunting.

    At any rate, adequate protection can be had with a #5 camalot (or 2) and a rack of standard gear. If you have something bigger, bring it as the #5 camalot will tip out and fall out at the most desperate places.

    I'd recommend left side in on the bottom section. I stymied myself at the crux by going right side in, and now I'm of the opinion it would be better to go left side in on the upper section. Fortunately there's a drilled angle at the crux if you get discombobulated.


    Standard rack, plus whatever wide gear you can find.

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    By Anonymous Coward
    May 12, 2004

    FA - P.Gallagher, K. Gunther circa 1988

    The FA party finished the route just in time to drive down to Montecello to appear in front of the Federal Magistrate to beat a bogus NPS ticket for illegal parking out at Monster Tower.

    A good day was had all around! Three stars if you like offwidths....
    By Steven Lucarelli
    From: Moab, UT
    May 10, 2006
    rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

    What a great offwidth, rarely ever see anyone climbing this.
    By max gibbons
    From: AZ y TO
    Apr 6, 2010

    Hell yeah! We found cobwebs in the eye of the drilled angle. "That's how you know it's a good route," quote Adam Steel.
    By Nick Zmyewski
    From: Newark, Delaware
    Apr 2, 2013

    I gave this a go yesterday. I made it out of the pod before having to hang. Great offwidth, and the pin seems good. There were cobwebs along parts of the climb.
    By Jesse Morehouse
    From: CO
    Oct 14, 2013

    Well, just for laughs, here's a different experience. I tried to climb this over the weekend but a couple speaking what I think was French was on it, the dude valiantly grunting and thrashing his way upwards in shorts and a tee shirt. I was low on time so moved on. What are the odds? I mean from what is posted above Im probably the unluckiest climber ever!
    By asoe
    From: Moab, Utah
    Nov 2, 2013

    I sent this yesterday as my first ever OW and am hooked! Great combination of grunting and a few relaxing face options by way of pinches near the middle. Three of us climbed it and had three variations of the crux, love the choose your own adventure side of it.

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