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Gay Blade 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ British: E3 5c PG13

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Bill Smausser
Season: any
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Submitted By: Kevin McLaughlin on Mar 22, 2008
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Description 

Per Glenn Schuler: this is the bolted line that takes the left side of the obvious arete (Zorro climbs the right side of this same arete on natural gear).


Location 

This climbs the arete on the other side from Zorro.


Protection 

Bolts.



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By phil wortmann
From: Colorado Springs, Co.
Apr 7, 2008
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c PG13

If this is the arete left of REPTILE, then I'd call it at least 11-. I felt it was much stiffer than .10 (this means beware of sandbag potential from old dudes!)

By Glenn Schuler
From: Monument, Co.
Apr 12, 2008
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c PG13

You are correct Phil, this is the bolted line that takes the left side of the obvious arete (Zorro climbs the right side of this same arete on natural gear). It's been a long time since I've climbed it, but this old dude remembers more like 5.11 as well. Either way, it's a really good climb.

By Jason Haas
From: Broomfield, CO
Feb 18, 2013

Bill Schmausser said he named this route Gay Blade