Diamonds Aren't Forever
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Staring up at all the underclings
Strenuous, undercling, slab climbing. This is a unique route that looks easier than it is.
Start on good holds next to a dead tree. Pull over the starting bulge and scramble up low angle slab to the first bolt. Follow the maze of downward facing holds up the slightly off-vertical slab.
Well bolted and good fun although it looks like a hold or two has broken off and a few more could be poised to pop. Belayer be warned.
The leftmost bolted line.
Bolts to fixed anchors
pickin away at Diamonds Aren't Forever
Rhiannon about to head into the weirdness
|Comments on Diamonds Aren't Forever
|By Jim Lawyer|
Jul 8, 2012
Perhaps this is just me, but if you restrict yourself to the line of bolts, this feels like mid 5.11. If you climb to the right of the bolts (i.e., cheat by using some holds from Bee Hold, the neighboring route), it feels like the stated grade 5.10c.
I've never been able to climb this "direct" and have always cheated out right. Anyone else find this to be the case?
|By Tim Dufrane|
Jul 21, 2012
Jim, I'd have to agree with you on that. Felt stout for a 5.10c, I'd push it to a 5.11. Fell off a few times, but I made it up without using anything from Bee Hold. Lots of compression moves and laybacks while on raw fingertips. But for the difficulty, what a seriously fun and well protected route. The two cruxes are extremely well protected (waist level falls).