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First Strike 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Kurt Smith, 4/90
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Submitted By: Alan Nelson on Dec 3, 2001
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Face climb up a left-facing corner, then up through the roof left of a prow to the anchors. This is what you get if you combine "Hail Caesar (5.11b)" and "King Tut (5.11d)" in William Prehm's photo topo into the one route that really exists.


This is the first bolted route to the right of "Dealin' Crack". It shares a last bolt and anchors with "Chiba Chiba" immediately to the right.


Six bolts to rap anchors (shared with "Chiba Chiba").

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By Rick Thompson
From: Mount Nebbiolo, CO
Jan 21, 2002

Hi Alan - In hopes of sorting out the confusion "A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" (12a/b) is a route I added in 1998 which starts about 10 feet right of Chiba Chiba. A more detailed description can be found in Appendix A (page 187)of Mark Van Horn's most recent edition of Rock Climbing Shelf Road.

cheers, - Rick Thompson

By Rob Kepley
From: Westminster,CO
Feb 27, 2006

Wow, I climbed this route over the weekend and I think the new guide gives it an 11b rating. I thought it felt a bit hard for the grade and tricky too. I agree on the two stars it gets also. Probably worth doing once.

By Moritz B.
Nov 10, 2013

The first bolt seems a little high. It looks like the first bolt is missing. The hole is still visible. We used a stick clip. Great route!

By Jordan Hirro
From: Colorado Springs/Glenwood Spri
Feb 15, 2014

Loved this climb! Kinda high first bolt but followed by great climbing. A must do.