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The Perverse Traverse 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Jon Nelson on Jun 11, 2013

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BETA PHOTO: Looking back towards The Black Sea from The Beach....


At one time this crossing (from the Black Sea to the Beach) was mocked by calling it a 5.5 belly crawl. Now it is a clean 5.2 A0 or 5.8+. Perhaps not yet celebrated, but definitely a lot more fun. Try doing it without grabbing the wire or bolt hangers and see how hard you think it is.


Start in the 'cave' behind the Guardian block, just above Ted, Ted Nugent and Black Planet, and just below the Black Sea route.


Just one piece -- a cable that spans the crossing. Attach a runner or two to your harness and then clip the cable with a locking biner or two. Then slide the biner(s) along as you traverse. When the biner hits an attachment point that holds the cable, just lift the cable up and slide the biner past.

If you want to be more sporting, lead it traditionally, hooking your rope over the half-dozen or so attachment points. Belay at the cable anchors.

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