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Buzzard's Breath 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  TR, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Martin Jacaruso on Aug 1, 2009

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This route is on the left side of the amphitheater. This side stays dry even when it's raining.


The face is 15ft. right of the blunt arete.


Natural anchors

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By Rmsyll
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Feb 12, 2011

'Buzzard Breath' is not on the left side of the Amphitheater. Kelley's map was extended to both ends to fill an entire page. The Amphitheater has three distinct, separate walls each of different character. 'Buzzard Breath' is on the cliff line before the Amphitheater, downhill and climber-left. Natural anchors are either using a large block, or very long runners to two trees. Both are above a ledge that is the rim for the route. The face is sloped and curved outward, with three lines of different character and difficulty, from 5.7 to 5.9 (or reportedly 5.10). Belay is in the Trail; and another route there has been chopped because of its Trail congestion. There is a deep wide crack on both sides, the left climbable, the one on the right probably what Kelley listed as 'I'm Flyin', with 'Too Old to Rock & Roll' farther right and making a corner with the left side of the Amphitheater.

By Benandstuff
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Jun 16, 2015

This climb is dirty, dirty, and dirtier. I see people on it sometimes, but I think the rain just happens to wash a lot of dirt here.

It has good exposure though, and some fun little moves. Pulling the right bulge near the top is definitely 5.10, but is the only 5.10 spot on the climb.

Has 3 shiny bolted anchors at the top (rig two depending on what face you prefer).

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