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Knuckle Duster 

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

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 130'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: kachoong on Mar 2, 2011

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This is a fantastic and overlooked climb. Up the unprotected easy slab and throuh a left-facing corner system at about 5.5. Then step right onto the headwall to clip the first of four bolts. Some of the best slab climbing in the park through these four bolts on knobby feldspar and perfect friction. Gain the ledge and bolted rap station.


Starts on the perched ledge immediately left of Easier Than It Looks. Ascend the right-facing corner to get up to it. Or just climb from the ground. Two ropes to rap.


Gear to #1 C4 and four bolts.

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By mattm
From: TX
Apr 30, 2013

A Great route well worth a visit. The slab climbing up high is reminiscent of Tuolumne and makes you wish it went on for another 100'!

From the Anchors it's 40m down to the ledge directly below. Scramble down off the ledge (climbers left) to get back to the base area below MOTB.
By Doug Meneke
May 6, 2013

Left of Harder than it Looks, fun, well protected. Well...after the first clip.
By EQueezy
Oct 21, 2013

super fun route. bring 1/2" through 2" pieces to protect before the bolts. first bolt is about 85' off the deck. First gear is about 70' off the deck and there's a bit of 5.5 to get there.
By Tommy G.
From: Killeen, Texas
Oct 5, 2014

Fun route, I thought it casual for the grade. As eluded to in an earlier post, a rap from the anchors on a 70m leaves you a bit short of the large ledge, but it's a very easy down climb (in other words, 70m is fine, just pay attention to the ends of your rope).

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