The crucial hold for the crux has broken in the past few months. It is now a much worse and more painful crimp, but I've heard that the route still goes. Essentially just an extension of Akiba's Prison, which is already a power endurance problem, Zombie adds a few moves that are harder than anything on Akiba's and it certainly requires another level of fitness. The crux revolves around negotiating the very overhanging, almost blank face to the left of the Dancing Outlaw.
Start sitting on the far left of the boulder, traverse right through I'm Not Broke, but I'm Badly Bent, and into Akiba's Prison.
A pad or two will do you just fine.
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By andy patterson Administrator From: Santa Barbara, CA Aug 23, 2010 rating: V97C
The problem definitely goes; I've done it several times since the holds broke. I don't think it is V10. I would say maybe V9, since after the crux (in the cave) you can cop a no-hands stem-rest and almost completely recover for the finish. Some might call that Jessery. Regardless, this line is long, sustained, and requires a kind of route-strength for success. To me, it feels like a hard 5.12 or easy 5.13.
It's really, really fun. Tread carefully on the jugs near the beginning of the problem. They WILL break one of these days.
By andy patterson Administrator From: Santa Barbara, CA Sep 28, 2011 rating: V97C
After a long hiatus from The Brickyard, I repeated this problem today. I worked it over three or four sessions then sent. Man, I had to give it. Even though the bulk of the problem languishes in the shade, the exit on Smooth Criminal absolutely BAKES in the afternoon sun. I still don't really know what I would grade it, but the moves certainly don't feel any easier than they did a year ago.
Trevor, I recall that Bernd did that as the original traverse line from the left (meaning a couple years before it got linked into Akiba/Smooth Criminal). I remember him calling it Purgatory (V10), but I could be wrong.
By andy patterson Administrator From: Santa Barbara, CA May 21, 2012 rating: V97C
Bernd has done it. He calls it V9/V10. It's for sure harder than Z-Armaggedon. I tried it a few sessions ago, and slipped off the hot, slimy slopers. I think it's a pretty rad line since it has no rests—total power-endurance.