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Opinionated 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Hans Schuler
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Submitted By: Chuck Parks on Feb 1, 2008

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Description 

A balancy, slabby start soon turns to steep crimping as you yard up this amazing sport climb. Long(for Crowders) and sustained. Hope you had your Red Bull!

Location 

Look for a bolt line to the left of a large depression in the upper part of the middle of the wall.

Protection 

6 bolts, anchors w/ rings


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By cdg
May 5, 2008

FA by Hans Schuler, 2000.
By Sean Cobourn
From: Gramling, SC
Sep 16, 2008

It is my "opinion" the anchors should be moved a few more feet up to the ledge.
By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Jun 9, 2009

This route is funky climbing and clipping. The first two bolt placements can be hard to clip, as they are far away from the left side natural line, but the location makes sense since it is on the cleanest part of the rock. The move after the second bolt can be protected with a #2 C3. Whats up with the extra bolt just next to the anchors? The stance for the anchor clip sucks.
By chris mcguigan
From: belmont, nc
Oct 20, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

At the start of the climb the open book to the right of the bolts is funky and feels to me like it deserves a 10, the line to the left of the bolts at the start I could see a 9 for the route.
By Edward Medina
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From: Ridgway, CO
Feb 12, 2013

The runout between bolts 2 and 3 can be mitigated with a yellow C3 placement in the flaring horizontal at a good stance. A fall while making the move to clip the third bolt would place you in groundfall territory. This has been the site of more than one bone-breaking fall. I agree with Chris, climbing in the dihedral to the right of the first two bolts bumps this up into 5.10 territory. To keep it 5.9 climb the large flake to the left of the first two bolts.
By Mark O'Neal
From: Nicholson, GA
Mar 10, 2013

I got a .4 C4 to fit in the horizontal between bolts 2 & 3
By b.t.miller
From: Charlotte, NC
May 5, 2014
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13

this climb is stout from 1st move to the anchors. Get your endurance on!

We climbed the dihedral to climber's right to the 1st bolt and clipped it, then down climbed to the start of the pillar which leads straight to the crux. Climbed the initial 25' two ways: 1). up the left side of the pillar. Maybe 5.8- territory with very cool holds and makes for a much easier crux move; 2). crank straight up the pillar and pull through the top of this pillar into a hand sized V-shaped hold. The move into this little V-shaped hold and the move after this felt every bit of 5.9+ to us.

Edit: 12/08/2014
From bolt #2 to #3 is protectable. We used a pink tricam in the small horizontal that is visible from the ground between #2 and #3 bolt. Solid placement but not immediately obvious.

There are a lot of strenuous moves on this climb. Pretty relentless once it starts. And the most strenuous part is friggin anchoring at the top. As you're approaching the anchors, the position/holds seem innocent enough but once you arrive you quickly find out that it's a pump fest.