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Year of the Dog 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Chris Duca on Jun 17, 2011

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  • Description 

    Yet another fine pitch of climbing on the beautiful big wall section of the 82.

    "Year of the Dog" used to be an alternate second pitch to "Crimp Chimp" but now has it's own first pitch. One of the best climbs in Bolton.

    P1. Start a few yards right of Crimp Chimp on a 5.9 slab leading to fun face climbing and an anchor just right of Crimp Chimp.

    P2. Excellent. Tricky balance and great crimps all the way to the top, ending in a broad corner just left of a steeper face.


    20 feet right of "Crimp Chimp."


    Many QDs and a single rack (including some wires) to a #1 Camalot.

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    By Matt Salter
    Jun 18, 2011
    rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

    Excellent independent line. It actually has it's own first pitch, independent of Crimp Chimp:

    Start 10 feet right of Crimp Chimp and follow mixed bolts and gear in a direct manner, past a flake and up a thin, steep slab. For a most excellent time, link the two pitches together into one exceptional 140 foot pitch to the top.

    Rack: A handful of SLCD's from yellow TCU up to red Camelot, along with a few medium/large stoppers

    Descent: 2 one rope rappels
    By Derek Doucet
    Jun 18, 2011
    rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

    Actually, like all of the main face routes, YOD is an excellent, long single pitch with a convenient mid point rap anchor to facilitate a single rope rap descent. Why break these routes in to two pitches? Just sayin'!
    By Chris Duca
    From: Havertown, PA
    Jun 18, 2011

    Matt, how difficult would you say the independent first pitch to this route is?
    By Derek Doucet
    Jun 18, 2011
    rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

    The climbing to reach the first anchors is .9+ish, and the crux is a one move wonder. The rest of the climbing is easier, but very worthwhile. There is a brief section of PG/PG13 5.7-5.8 climbing halfway to the midpoint rap anchor, by the way.

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