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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 3.78/5
  Rock Quality 4.78/5
  Scenery 3.70/5
  Fun Factor 4.89/5

Description:

Right facing arch.

Submitted by: rrradam on 2003-08-18
Views: 1987
Route ID: 39264

32 Ascents Recorded

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10b
  Safety Rating G
  Scenery
Onsight Onsight ascent by: mjwestla on 2014-07-26 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars awesome and varied

Great route that protects well and is exciting and has a lot of different kinds of movement. On a highish humidity day it felt a little slick in spots but overall the crack is very friendly, offering finger slots, hand jams, all the way up to the crazy undercling crux move. No tape necessary. The thin part/first crux was no big deal to me (just a thin move committing to some polished edges for feet with bomber gear). The tricky part was that around every corner where I was working cracks the good holds vanished for a bit and I had to stay engaged when I kept expecting a jug. It really kept my heart rate up and started to get into my head. It made the onsight a bit more exciting and sustained mentally than any of the 10s I've been on previously. The undercling was definitely the hardest part for me and I made a major production out of stuffing a #4 C4 way up in there. Going without or taking a #5 would probably make things a lot easier and simpler. Thankfully, even as improbable as it seems once I committed the feet were a little better than expected. I protected the hell out of it and issued forth a lot of animal noises as I futzed my way up it. Your experience may be more relaxed - I suspect a subsequent ascent will be for me.

Added: 2014-08-06

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
Red Point Red Point ascent by: bdc on 2011-10-09 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars .

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Added: 2011-10-09

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: JDSmith on 2011-05-25 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Really fun

A great area to crag on the NF

Added: 2011-05-25

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10b
  Safety Rating G
Onsight Onsight ascent by: camhead on 2010-09-04 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars sadf

old school thuggery. Way harder than Invisible Airwaves' 1st pitch.

Added: 2010-09-07

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Top Rope Top Rope ascent by: csproul on 2010-06-21 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Fell off while leading...

...and had to pull through the crux. I lowered off and then cleaned it myself on TR and got it clean. Amazing climb with finger crack, hand crack, friction chimney moves, and a physical undercling crux (might want to leave the helmet on the ground for this). save a couple of #2/3 camalots for the crux. Definitely harder than than some other easy Carolina 10's that I've done (Winged Mongrel, Lost in Space, Straight and Narrow, Built to Tilt, Do or Dive...).

Added: 2010-06-21

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