|By gregory huey|
From: Riverside, CA
Nov 18, 2011
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b
Bagged the redpoint on Nov 17, 2011
I'd say the lower crux is definitely 12b. The upper crux - the blunt arete just below the P1 anchors - I'm less sure about. Originally it seemed very difficult to me, so I would have gone with 12b here also. But, its technical and balancy instead of strenuous. With practice on a specific sequence it now doesn't seem nearly so difficult. This crux was not at all intuitive to me. Now I'd say perhaps 11c/d - but still not really sure.
One cool aspect of the bottom crux is I have my way of doing it (short-person's - right of the bolt-line), and there is a totally different tall-person's way (left of the bolt-line, and atleast one other way I've seen it done. There are lots of options, which also contributes to the difficulty.
The route is also fairly sustained - there is a crimp-fest right after the lower crux (perhaps 11d?) and some excellent bouldery moves before the top crux. And some more 11d stuff in the middle. Its great all around.