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YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Marc Kajut on Jan 27, 2006
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Mariah (5.9+)
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Climb up in to a small cave, then pull the roof out of the cave and into a pod. Pulling the roof is the crux of the route. From the pod the crack widens from thin hands to offwidth.


Standard Rack for protection. Two bolt anchor. Rap rings.

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By Adam Kimmerly
Jul 29, 2009
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

Great route! Difficult, burly, and awkward. A #5 wild country or BD is nice for the wide crack near the top. Small-med cams protect the crux at the bottom well. This thing is definitely harder than 10a and therefore deserves the infamous 5.9+ rating.

By Jason Scott Heacock
Dec 5, 2011

Before I was clibing more regularly I did this route with a great pair of gloves that made the hand jams easier (maybe thats cheating) now I climb much harder but im sort of stuck here in New England, missing Mission Gorge to death!!

By bmdhacks
Jan 5, 2012
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b

Can somebody explain this rating? The four of us who spent a day trying to send this route all agreed it stands minimum 10a. Is 5.9+ a joking way to label 5.10 routes?

Also note that this climb gets much harder if you're shorter than 5 foot 10 in.

By AlexK
Jan 19, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

Probably the most awkward route I've ever climbed.