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Could Be Worse 

YDS: 5.12- French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 115'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12- French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a [details]
FA: JJ Schlick, Seth Dyer
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jun 13, 2009
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It could always be worse... JJ Schlick on the FA.


This long pitch offers some enjoyable vertical climbing to a stance below a severely overhanging corner. Above this things get steep and funky... there are some seriously strange moves up through the upper half of the route: quick, three-dimensional thinking is key. Totally unique and classic.

Identify the route by looking for a distinct overhanging column high on the wall (just left of center in the main Amphitheater) that appears to be partly detached from wall. There is an obvious bolt at the foot of this column, and the route trends up from there and tackles the corner formed by the left side of the column. The start is currently pretty heavily choked with poison ivy so be careful.


A single set of cams to 1" followed by 9 bolts.

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Stretching it out in the crux...
Stretching it out in the crux...
Starting the steeps on the FA.
Starting the steeps on the FA.
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By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 18, 2010

Named in honor of my little brother's "miraculous" recovery from a serious head injury 1800 miles away, that coincided with the development of this route...

By Walshie
From: Flagstaff. AZ
Oct 9, 2011
rating: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a

A definate step-up from False Prophet!