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Tensile Strength 

Tensile Strength 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a

Type:  TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Steve Marr on Jan 17, 2007
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Just below the crux on Tensile Strength.


Tensile Strength climbs the line of old quarter inch bolts right of Pins. The first 3/4 of the climb is fun, fairly easy climbing. Climb a thin crack to a flake that trends up and left. Follow the sloping holds along the flake until you can pull up and stand on top of it. The crux is the blank section above. Strenuous moves on small nubbins and edges lead to the top.


It lies about eight feet right of Pins, just left of an angling, left-facing corner at ground level.


Various anchors located along the top of the wall.

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By Bjorn
From: Near Joshua Tree
Jun 24, 2008

Them bolts were placed by homo habilis. Clip them, but treat this as a gear lead.

By jcullem
Oct 22, 2009

The 4 bolts on this route are mostly old buttonhead hammer-ins, which are rusty and not to be trusted. They need to be replaced with modern stainless steel wedge bolts or glue-ins.
Also, the crux of the route (at/moving past the last bolt) is more like 5.10+/11- if you stay direct on the small crimps and technical foot moves.

By john strand
From: southern colo
Jan 31, 2010

The bolts are 5/16" buttons placed by me around '88. The route gets a Quarry rating of 9+.

By JayMorse
From: Hooksett, New Hampshire
Apr 6, 2014

We climbed this route on 04/05/2014, and there were shiny new bolts, and plenty of them. It is now very well protected and a fun lead.

By Chris Kreutzer
Apr 8, 2014
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

Who took it upon themselves to change the climb and the experience for everyone? I agree with replacing bolts but not adding new ones and putting them in different places! This has completely changed the climb and robbed myself and everyone else of one of the better climbs in QQ. If people are scared to lead it because it is a little spicy, they should top rope. Donít dumb down a climb used by many down to your level. Just because you and your buddies are scared or are not climbing strong enough does not give you the right! This is not Rumney, this is QQ, 5.9+ is a 5.9+ and a 4 bolt route has 4 bolts. Donít rob us of real climbing so you can feel better about yourself. Go elsewhere please!