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5.11 Problem, The 
Butthole Express 
Hairy Airy 
Route 56 
Y Crack, The 

Hairy Airy 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 35'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Dan O, Mike Verdugo
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Submitted By: Adam Stackhouse on Mar 21, 2006
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This fun route starts in a crack just a few feet right of the Chimney. Take this up to a right slanting crack and traverse over to gain a jug and stand up. From here, follow the arching corner of the rock, liebacking to the right. The crux comes here, afterwhich a super bomber-big jug comes up, where one can do an ultra-photogenic one-handed hang. Easy mantel of the top. Highly recommended.


TR or a couple of bolts near the top for a lead. The bolt down low is for a right moving varaition at 5.11b.

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Beginning of the layback section of Hairy Airy
Beginning of the layback section of Hairy Airy
The bomber jug
The bomber jug
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By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Nov 28, 2008

I always wondered why that lower bolt was added...

By Josh Cameron
Aug 31, 2011

If you stick to the flake at the start and climb direct to the ledge with bolts it keeps the rating at 5.6.

By Jason Kim
From: San Diego, CA
Apr 2, 2013

I bailed off this climb thinking that I was a total puss, because it felt waaay harder than 5.9. I must have accidentally stumbled across the 11b variation.

By Tony Thomas
From: Oceanside, CA
Jun 20, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a PG13

When Sport Climbing the crux make sure that your belayer keeps the slack a little tighter than usual. There is not much room to take a lead fall since you are only 3-6 feet over the rocks on the ledge. Just be aware of this and you wil be fine. Enjoy!

By Eric Van Williams
From: Oside,CA
Jul 10, 2013

I see that someone added a couple of bolts to this one, its a nice addition if you ask me. This is a solid route, it is horrible that the area gets spray paint...