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Bat Flake 

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

   
Type:  TR, 22'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Adam Stackhouse on Feb 13, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: The Bat Flake (5.10d)
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The Climb 

This route is on a separate boulder to the left of The Cave, and is characterized by a right arching flake. For the most part it is obscured by a large oak tree (ants?). A weird corner start finally gets one into the flake system itself. Deep fist jams and forearm cams are made before an exit move is made prior to the end of the crack with a face move or two to the top. Highly Recommended.


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By G.McCay
From: San Diego, CA
Apr 3, 2007

It might be better described as a classic 5.10c tips layback start gets one into the flake system above.

By Adam Kimmerly
Jun 10, 2007

I didn't feel the start was any harder than 5.8 or 5.9, but the flake above is burly as hell. I need to go back with tape to make the painful wide fist jams tolerable enough to finish the route. Then again, maybe this is a finger/hand size thing? I have small hands and skinny fingers...

By Scotty Nelson
From: Boulder
Jun 29, 2007

To protect the pendulumn at the start, climb up the tree and put in a #2 camalot as a directional.

Make sure to tape up for this one!!

By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Sep 1, 2007

The corner at the start is easy but that crack...I was sucking big time!

By scottydo
From: ventura, ca
May 7, 2009

starts off great but slowly expands into heinous small offwidth/barely too big for hands. bring the #3 and #4 for that last part.

By Ehrick
From: San Diego, CA
Jun 15, 2013

Fun transition from fists to forearm cams at the top. Definitely recommend this climb if you're into that sort of thing.