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Sea of Troubles 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Owen Carver on Nov 22, 2009

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Approaching the crux on Sea of Troubles

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Coolest route on the upper tier. Start in the chimney and climb through a crimpy bulge to easier climbing above. At the crux, clip the bottom link of the chain to protect from a ledge fall.

Belayer may want a helmet, as small pebbles and sand tend to get kicked off by the climber.


Belay position is completely shaded and out of sight at the bottom of a comfy 2.5' wide 6' deep crack easily accessible by walking to the end of the narrow gully past a tree and around a huge wedged boulder.


9 bolts lead up to chains with draw friendly rap rings.

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Approaching the crux.
Approaching the crux.

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By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Dec 30, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This thing is goofy and weird, and VERY fragile. Be very mindful, and the belayer really should wear a helmet.
By Justin Streit
Dec 30, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Pretty fun route. Seemed easy for the grade. John, I think this has cleaned up well since 2011. Nothing felt really fragile at all. Kind of curious to hear if anyone knows the point of the chain on the 5th bolt (I think). Seems pretty strange.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Dec 30, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I've been on it since and it has cleaned up. The chain is there to prevent the draw from crossloading over an edge and to make the crux bolt easier to clip. The bolt isnt lower due to placement options, if i recall correctly. Definitely not an ideal solution, but it works well enough.
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