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Stab in the Dark 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Howard, Gottlieb, Rotert (1978)
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Submitted By: ChanVan on Feb 19, 2009

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The Amphitheater On a slightly wet day, Robert H...


A Moore's Wall classic and a good route for those breaking into the harder grades. Quite a bit of character- a boulder problem start, overhanging jams and face climbing (crux, well-protected), and an amazing if somewhat runout 5.8 arete to the anchor.


The route is in the Amphitheater directly across from Quaker State. It is the obvious crack leading up to a blunt arete. Start around the corner to the right of the crack.


Nuts, cams up to a number 2 camalot- bring runners for the initial traverse to reduce drag after you get around the corner. Bomber anchors at the top- fixed nuts with cables and rings.

Photos of Stab in the Dark Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Placing pro before turning the corner.
Placing pro before turning the corner.
Rock Climbing Photo: He's so high!
He's so high!
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben enjoying the jams
Ben enjoying the jams
Rock Climbing Photo: Crux move (one way to do it)
Crux move (one way to do it)

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By Alexander Blum
From: Charlotte, NC
Sep 26, 2010

bring a number three camalot
By Robert Hutchins
Dec 21, 2011
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

I highly recommend against carrying a #3 Camalot as it adds unnecessary weight on a steep climb, and blocks the crux hand-jam. There is a great #2 Friend sized placement just below this and an opportunity for stoppers higher, if you want trade pump for overhead gear before you pull the crux. A climber with 5.10 crack skills will be much happier leaving the hand-jam free.

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