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Black Velvet - 5.11b

Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
Route sequence (left to right): 4
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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.11b
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 4.00/5
  Rock Quality 4.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 4.00/5


While this climb may look like a slab from 10 metres away - from the bottom of the climb, it's dead vertical. There is a tricky thin move to get you started - this move is protected well by a fixed draw (please leave it here). From there, it's powerful moves on small crimps for the next 10 metres - solid 5.11 climbing. After you've mastered this, the top half is a 5.8 romp. I've called it 11b, but it may be a bit harder.

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Submitted by: AJones on 2010-06-05
Last Modified: 2010-06-06
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Route ID: 105181

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  Difficulty 5.11b
  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Red Point Red Point ascent by: AJones on 2010-06-01 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Cool route

The moves are hard right from the ground and don't really let off until about 10 metres. Some funky body positions are required to make progress and what seem like very tiny holds. I'd be interested to hear what others think of the 11b grade.

Added: 2010-06-05