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Natural Born Driller 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Steumke and Gillett
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Submitted By: Nate Christiansen on Jan 1, 2002

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Description 

NBD is down the hill from Contortionist's Forte and about 5 or 6 routes down the hill on the west-facing arete. Steep and sometimes slick rock adds in to the fun of this good-holded, endurance route. Crux at the 4th bolt while turning the arete.

Protection 

7 draws. Tough to TR cause the anchor is on other side of arete. Bring long slings to TR.


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By Christina kalb
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 16, 2008
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

I found the climbing on this route to be really awkward, and the holds slippery. I didn't really enjoy it.
By Dusty
From: Fort Collins
Feb 5, 2009
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

I'd definitely recommend this route. It has some pumpy steep climbing on good smooth stone, to a cruxy move around the corner, to some techy slab moves on pebbles. A bit of everything, what more could you ask for?
By Colin Kenneth
From: Berkeley, CA
May 31, 2009

I love this route. Even when I climb a number grade harder than this, it'll spit me off if I don't pay attention to what I'm doing. It's possible to use friction holds around the right at both the 2nd and 3rd bolts, but I think the direct route up the face is harder, more sustained, more technical and more fun. If you are capable, go straight up until right at the 4th.