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What's the Combo? 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Mark Van Horn, 1990
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Dec 8, 2008
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What's the Combo? is an enjoyable, sustained climb on a beautiful panel of white limestone. The movement is excellent & engaging, but some spooky rock and mild contrivance detract somewhat from the experience.

Begin up on a good ledge 3 feet off the ground. Easy scrambling along a detached flake leads to the business, 4-5 bolts of intense crimping & route finding, ending in a good shake at the obvious 6" undercling/flake. This section can be made easier (5.11) by using the left arete, but the climb is far more aesthetic & challenging without it.

Above the rest, 5.11- enduro crimps zig zag up the excellent headwall.


This is immediately left of "Flight Simulator", it climbs the clean wall immediately right of the obvious, flared, chimnney feature that splits the lower half of the "14 Carats" Wall.


8 bolts, 2 bolt anchor. Easy to TR this from Flight Simulator.

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By slim
May 30, 2012
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a

I felt a little dirty when I did this route, but reading that Mono didn't even use the arete - now I feel filthy. Have to take a cold shower with a lot of soap, then go back and do it in better style.

By slim
Jun 4, 2012
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a

Having done it a couple times now - it's pretty tedious to not use the side of the flake. I think overall with the top crux 11d is a pretty good compromise. Healthy runout to the anchor and the last few moves are not easy. Might want to have a plan for this as blowing this would probably be a 40 footer.