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Genesis Effect 

YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX British: E6 6b

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Consensus:  YDS: 5.12c/d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Jeff Engel and Paul Bjork - 1995
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Submitted By: randy baum on Feb 8, 2006
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Look for the small black cave at the base of the formation. Just a meter or so to the left, climb the slabbish section to a 45-degree overhang. Follow the bolts up and to the right.


Bolts. Please do not toprope off of the fixed gear at the top, use your own draws for that. If the biners on the chains look worn or do not work properly, please replace them. It's good karma.

Photos of Genesis Effect Slideshow Add Photo
susan moving through the hueco.
susan moving through the hueco.
zee crux throw.  done here by mike.
zee crux throw. done here by mike.
susan pulling the roof.
susan pulling the roof.
susan at the third bolt.
susan at the third bolt.
mike moving past the hueco.
mike moving past the hueco.
mike at the hueco (4th bolt).
mike at the hueco (4th bolt).
susan at the start.
susan at the start.
mike moving through the roof.
mike moving through the roof.
post crux moves.
post crux moves.
mike at the start.
mike at the start.
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By randy baum
From: Minneapolis, MN
Mar 17, 2010

genesis effect was the first route bolted at willow. the line consists of big holds and some varied movement, including toes hooks and underclings. the crux is using some of this trickery to do big moves between some huge holds that are harder to pull on than you'd think.

genesis effect shares the same start as couch time. once past the "slabby" section and over the first/main roof of the start, do not head right; this is couch time. instead, veer upward through huecos, pockets, and flat jugs. after about five bolts you'll come to a bulge that has a big slot at it's base. two bolts past this and you're at the anchors, a super cold shut and bolt with a leaver biner. genesis effect takes 8-10 draws.

By AntVicino
Sep 21, 2010
rating: 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b

The big epoxied tooth broke off a couple weeks ago. No change to the grade though. Dodged a bullet with that one though. Could have easily made the route veeeeeeeery difficult.

By Monty
From: Golden, CO
Jun 22, 2012
rating: 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b

I would say couch time is is a good benchmark 12c. This is a notch below that at 12b/c. Great movement on HUGE holds.