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14 Carats climbs an obvious, clean white wall through a low roof just at the point that the Gem wall faces north. Some moderate but steep pockets through a roof lead to the business, a seemingly never-ending series of thin and not so thin edges. It looks slabby but it's not. The guidebook lists this as 12a/b, but unless I really missed something it felt solid 12b.
|By Andy McAdams|
Sep 25, 2011
I thought this was a great route, and in fact, it is one of my favorite sport routes that I've done. Because technically the main part of this route is slab, the general crux is balance and trusting the mono pockets. Lastly, the guidebook talks about the roof at the start. The roof is a joke and is completely forgotten about once the real climbing begins.
Apr 29, 2013
Perfect climbing on this one, absolutely fantastic. An excellent choice for making the transition from Shelf 12a's to 12b's - no brutal stopper/finger wrecking moves, but a lot of fairly difficult climbing to string together.