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Laughing Buddha 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Courtney Scales
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Submitted By: Terry Fisher on Jan 1, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: Slade, Jon=(Yon), and Elizabeth standing at the ba...

Description 

This great line is in the middle of the rock formation and is easy identifiable by the single finger pocket which starts it off. I had planned to bolt it but someone beat me to it, I am just happy someone got around to it. Very interesting, well protected, moves off the ground and through the overhang bring you to a nice rest ledge. From here follow the line of bolts through the crux to the chains.

Protection 

While the chains CAN be accessed from the top for top rope I would not recommend it. Seven bolts to a two chain anchor


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From here, the next couple of moves to get to the jugs on the ramp are tough!
BETA PHOTO: From here, the next couple of moves to get to the ...

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By Terry Fisher
Oct 4, 2002

I stand corrected the commonly used grade for this route checks in at 5.11a thanks
By aaron voreis
Jun 14, 2003

The correct name for this route is Laughing Buddha, and the first ascent was made by Courtney Scales, owner of Gunnison Valley Adventure Guides.
By Robbie Williams
Mar 11, 2006

I believe the first ascent of this was done in the seventies. I just can't remember who. I am sure that Tom Pulaski or Jim Nigro would know.