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Sour Mash - 5.10a popular

Average Rating = 4.55/5 Average Rating : 4.55 out of 5
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Standard Rack to 3", 10+ slings/draws, two ropes for rappel.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 4.65/5
  Rock Quality 4.82/5
  Scenery 4.76/5
  Fun Factor 4.88/5

Description:

A really great route that is sadly overlooked by folks coming to do the bigger name routes to the left. Start in the large alcove underneath the huge roof in the middle of the wall. Pitch 1: Head up to the right of a tree, aiming for the brown triangle in the rock above- climb the right side of this, then head up and right following a ramp to a stance next to a tree. 5.10a, 190' Pitch 2: Climb up and right, following bolts, then traverse a crack to a bolted station. From here, head straight up, then a little left to another bolted station on a ledge. 5.8, 140' Pitch 3: Follow the crack straight up, passing an intermediate bolt station. 5.9, 180' Pitch 4: Head straight up, following the bolts. A little gear is needed, but not much. Either stop at the first bolt station or continue up another 80' to the last station (you'll need approx 6-8 draws to continue). 5.10a, 160' Note: It is possible to continue up and generally right for another pitch or two to gain the ramp that eventually becomes the exit for Epinephrine, thus gaining the summit. Descent: Rappel down and to the climbers left to a hanging stance just left of the route. This is Fiddler on the Roof. Rap straight down twice more to the lip of the roof. One more 200' rap puts you about 40' above the ground at the base of the triangle on the 1st pitch. Coil one of your ropes and rap to the ground off a bush and a piton.

Submitted by: vegastradguy on 2006-05-21
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Route ID: 26603

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  Safety Rating G
Onsight Onsight ascent by: mdalby on 2013-03-27 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars na

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Added: 2013-04-05

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating G
Second Second ascent by: peakchaser on 2012-04-08 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Sour Mash

Linked the last two pitches - best ones.

Added: 2012-04-11

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: clemsonscooby on 2011-03-23 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Classic Line

This is a nice aesthetic line. It feels less forced/contrived than some of the other face wandering routes on the BV wall. The comfy belays are also a bonus, minus two pitches.

Added: 2011-03-30

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: nkane on 2011-03-19 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars A million stars

I think this may be my favorite route at RR (so far...). Fun climbing and super well protected. There are a bunch of ways to link pitches together; I did it as handren suggests. Fun rap over the Fiddler roof; less fun in the dark and in 50mph winds.

Added: 2011-03-22

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: mattkuehl on 2010-08-31 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Classic and Fun

A great climb! The first 2 pitches are the least fun, but gets exponentially better with height. Takes good gear and has a super fun crux. Would do this climb again without a doubt. Had an epic rappel in high winds and temporarily got a rope stuck in the crack on Dream of Wild Turkeys.

Added: 2010-10-17

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