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White Dopes on Punk 

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

Type:  Trad, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Swain, 89
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Submitted By: caughtinside on Mar 29, 2012

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White Dopes on Punk


Step off the boulder and into the thin crack, working the patina lip. Head up and right past a bolt on face holds.


Left side of the Left Hand of Darkness, about 15 feet left of the start of Baby Huey.


Gear to 2"

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By Russ Walling
Jan 7, 2014

This is kinda sucky but maybe not. Shuffle your circus up to the belay area which is not that great. Small cams and a suspect nut or two will get you going in the crack. Vogel guide says go up to a left facing corner... there really is none... so continue up the thin crack on friable rock until your thin and suspect pro is well below your feet. Now you can clip the bolt, so I hear. I bailed left in a clusterfuck of gear and rope drag. The moves above the bolt seemed hard from my belay point on the ground.

Medium sized cams for the anchor. Descend to climbers left down some slabs.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Jan 7, 2014

^^ what he said regarding gear, pseudo solid but not all that inspiring considering you're looking at a seam ahead which is then protected by a bolt. Stance to clip the bolt okay although gear is most definitely at your feet unless you're super psyched on a small shallow bass in a seam (partner was not). So, bolt clips but then there is this micro roof to pass over which is amazing difficult, as in "take" kinda difficult. Perhaps slightly better on the lead vs. TR as I wasn't super thrilled on coming off and raking our cord across the low angle grains above. On lead, it's well protected on TR you are veering right to the neighboring route so make an effort and summit using the slab overhead.

I dug deep for some move I've possibly never used before which was a palm, crimp with my right to gain the smearing dishes above. Not a fan of slab climbing or the idea of skirting across the summit on the fall I did a little complaining (mostly bitching on how we're going to kill our cord way too early into the season) but topped out all the same.

Okay route, not great but not a bomb. YMMV.

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