Damned if You Don't starts with a boulder-problem crux past two bolts followed by 5.10 maybe 5.10+ climbing with great position and fun movement, albeit on somewhat suspicious rock. As Tenesmus said in his post on the Dam Wall page, “It has a hard start with a killer deadpoint or nice edgy static moves and then loads of steep movement. Its really fun, quick to get to and worth repeating.” Clipping the first bolt is a little attention-getting, but not bad (the truly risk adverse can use a stick clip). Some call this 12b, but it's easier than Big in Japan and Eye in the Sky. (Date of FA from rc.com).
Right-most bolt line on Dam Wall, with the first bolt maybe 25 feet high on a relatively smooth looking face.
A dozen draws if I remember right, but take a few extra to be safe. Best to avoid clipping the third to last bolt (on the slab under the finishing overhang) to avoid rope drag, but bring a long runner if you think you’ll want to. We used a single 70 meter rope to lower/rap to the ground; a 60 meter rope is probably (barely) adequate.
|Comments on Damned if You Don't
|By Skat B|
From: Down Rodeo
Jun 10, 2013
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a
The start was the hardest part for me and the rest was just endurance. If you screw up the start at the first bolt then it's gonna hurt.