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Clutching at Straws 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8- French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: VS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Apr 29, 2006
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BETA PHOTO: 1) Angel's Ladder 2) Slip Slidin' 3) Clutching a...


Another dihedral with poor protection. This one works right around a roof section, then continues up to the anchor via a dirty and grassy crack.


This is like 2 dihedrals past Slip Slidin', or the dihedral south of the route that underclings past a roof (Thoroughflare).


Minimal gear again, with brass being integral. The first half of the route is tricky at best for the gear, the second half gets better. A #2 Camalot seemed to be my first good piece. The anchor consists of a bolt/bush anchor. Bring bail slings in case.

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W/o the lines,  Sorry about the trees, I forgot my axe.
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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 1, 2006

"Clutching at Straws' is also an awesome theme album by the Band Marrilion, exploring the various facets of alcoholism and addiction.

By Arie
From: Smog Lake City, Utah
Apr 27, 2008
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13

A spicy little '5.7' that lacks some aesthetics, but delivers a fun gear puzzle. With a little trickery there is adequate gear most of the way (I would have appreciated double TCU's). The upper reaches can be saucy.