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What a Woman 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Bob Cockell, 1992
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Submitted By: Dave Daly on Apr 30, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: What a Woman (5.9), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles


Start by making committed friction moves; working up and left to a bolt on the small roof above. Crank the roof and rocker up (the crux), passing a horizontal crack (Camelot #2 optional). Continue above, passing three more bolts while climbing a steep friction face with fun slopers and dishes. The finish of the route passes a small roof and on up to a two bolt anchor with chains.


This route is located on the east face of Wilbur's Tombstone, 10 feet left of Pumped Up Woman (5.8).


Optional #2 Camelot

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By Dave Daly
From: Kernville, CA
Apr 30, 2007

My personal view of the route: it definitely deserves AT LEAST 2-stars for a rating! This route kept me entertained and felt more sustained than the routes to the right (Pumped Up Woman and Rap Bolters Will be Pursecuted). There were no dirty/chossy sections and the crux was more committing than most (with a slight deck potential). Having compared the crux to a host of others with that rating and with what the book rates it, I would have to say it is at least 5.9+.
By Euan Cameron
From: Mammoth Lakes
May 26, 2008
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun moves over the crux overlap.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Sep 6, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The opening moves are dicey and unprotected, good place to get a twisted ankle. I like the steep slab in the middle section.
By Brandon Matthes
May 6, 2013
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13

If you are worried about the big runout between bolt 1 and 2, don't! After the crux at the first bolt you are on a massive ledge that you can easily clip from before continuing the climb.
Me and my buddy both agreed this is a terribly under rated route, that deserves some attention!! ***
By Matt Himmelstein
From: Orange, California
Jun 6, 2016

If you don't have trad gear, you can lead this then set up a TR for the other two routes on the wall.

This one feels committed going past the 1sty bolt. There is a second crux section a bit higher, but by then you are decently protected.

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