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Intelligent Design 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 150'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Aaron Miller, Fred Berman
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Aaron Miller on Feb 13, 2008

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Description 

The route is on the left-most side of cave. Climb first half of "Hominid" and traverse right to belay or if you are in the mood for a fun roof problem, climb "Natural Selection" whose anchors share the belay stance for "Intelligent Design".

From the belay, climb straight up face and dihedral to a step right and over bulges onto super-exposed face of large hanging pillar, then pull the exhilerating crux and dance to the anchors.

Note: From mid-belay, the climber can be lowered through top anchor of this route to the ground with a 60m rope (use your best judgement). It will eliminate fiddling with setting up the rappel after your proud send.

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By LeeAB
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From: ABQ, NM
Oct 17, 2008

Pitch 1 is 1 star, we did not do pitch 2 but it looked good.
By Aaron Miller
From: Santa Fe, NM
Feb 3, 2009

Pitch one is called "Hominid" and does not technically share anchors with "Intelligent design". An alternate approach to the bleay for "ID" is to climb the burly "Natural Selection". The "ID" pitch is the second pitch that ascends the prominent pillar feature.
By DisturbingThePeace
From: Albuquerque, NM
Dec 9, 2012

We were able to link this pitch with hominid and climb it in one long pitch. To keep rope drag down we backcleaned the first several draws and used long slings on a few bolts. With a 60m we were able to easily lower back to the top of the first pitch. With a 70m rope you may be able to get back to the ground if the belayer walks part way up the pillar. Tie a knot and use caution of course.