|Type:||Sport, 2 pitches, 200'|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]|
|FA:||Mark Tarrant, Richard Wright, Indian Summer|
|Submitted By:||Mark Tarrant on Oct 19, 2003|
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By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Oct 25, 2003
|The perils of climbing into one's 50's get compounded when one climbs with a truly great athelete. I thought Strike It Rich would be a very good climb - with a fingery and tricky crux. P1 climbs through most of Miners P1 which sets the stage for a good forearm burn. The traverse that links SIR to Miners adds problems of route finding, on a steep wall, that come in after the pump has already started. And this net you 120 feet of climbing. Mark on-sighted it. At mid 5.11 I figured that was cool, but not surprising. P2 starts easy and ratchets up the tricky and inobvious sequences. The crux comes after 75 feet of this and it is tricky, fingery, inobvious, and your feet go all the way to hell, just when you need them most. I had run it on jugs, got the clipping stances down, cleaned some key invisible holds, ran each sequence while bolting it, and figured I was pretty much set to rock and roll (BMOC!). I led it, bobbled my own sequences, and Mark promptly flashed it. Am I supposed to do something about this? Break his fingers? Not in this life. Back to the gym seems like a good option, but it reminds me of the Nike ad: "Somewhere, someone is training when you are not. When you come up against them, you will loose."|
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Aug 14, 2011
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Mark, that's a very proud flash. I think that the sustenance of this route may lead to an upgrade at some point.
The route may well have very good climbing, but it needs more traffic or cleaning to achieve its full potential. In its present state, it is a little dirty and still has some loose stuff - I broke a few footholds, perhaps owing in part to me wearing very stuff ending shoes up there. And to note for those curious about it, I'd consider that a mistake. The defining sections of this climb are all about smearing!
By Chris. T.
From: Longmont, Co.
Aug 26, 2012
|Great climb! The route is in good shape these days. Good rock and great movement on both pitches.|