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Sudden Impact 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 160'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
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Submitted By: Michael Schneiter on Nov 8, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Sudden impact from the base


This climb is a great thin-hands crack in a corner with occasional rests. The roof will probably be the crux for most people. The crack starts out a tad smaller (green Camalots) and then becomes great thin-hands climbing with nice holds on the face for rests. The roof packs a bit of a punch but perfect hand jamming awaits above, taking you to the anchors. Definitely recommended.


Sudden Impact is the thin-hands crack in a right-facing corner just left of Torque Wrench and Death of a Cowboy. There's a prominent roof about 2/3 of the way up the climb and some lower angle, soft rock at the bottom.


2 or 3 green Camalots, a bunch (8?) of reds and a few gold Camalots for good measure. Also, maybe one blue Camalot. I also believe that I used a smaller piece to protect the lower section although I may have backcleaned the piece to save on rope drag.

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By slim
May 26, 2009
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

kind of like a thin hands mirror image of meathooks. tight hands in a corner forever with a roof near the top. this is an excellent route.
By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Nov 13, 2009

new version of the guidebook says 180', which I think is more accurate. Wasn't much left of a 60m on the ground.

Used yellow alien/tcus (2) to protect the start, but backcleaning is a good idea for drag purposes.
By Brian Prince
From: morro bay, ca
Nov 3, 2012
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

Long, sweet route! Take 4, or so, .75 camalots, or so. There's a section of nothing but in the bottom of the main corner right after a little wide pod. Then it's 1s until all the way til after the roof (which is freakin hard!).
By Vanya Perevozov
From: Denver, CO
Nov 13, 2014

I used 3#0.75, ~7#1, ~5#2, #3(optional) - bd c4 sizes
After cleaning, 80m rope lowered me to a big ledge ~30ft above the base.
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