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Barred Reality - 5.10c

Average Rating = 3.00/5 Average Rating : 3.00 out of 5
Route sequence (left to right): 1
Route Summary | Ascent Notes (1)
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1st pitch: 9 bolts; 2nd pitch: 2 bolts; 3rd pitch: bolts + gear)
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10c
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 3.00/5
  Rock Quality 2.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 3.00/5


"After a powerful boulder problem off the ground, tricky moves on weird looking rock lead to a beautiful slab. Climb the simple slab past widely spaced bolts to an anchor on a large ledge. Another boulder problem leads past two bolts to a second anchor. The third pitch climbs from the hole in The Cave Route straight up the featured slab to the summit. Rappel The Cave Route." -- Rod Jacobson's Smith Rock '09 Supplement

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Double rope rappel from last anchor. DO NOT RAPPEL FROM 1st OR 2nd BELAY STATIONS AS YOUR ROPES WILL GET STUCK!!!

Submitted by: NateDaTater on 2010-04-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-28
Views: 436
Route ID: 104552

1 Ascent Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.10c
  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Red Point Red Point ascent by: NateDaTater on 2010-04-25 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars Only did the first pitch

Trying to avoid the crowds, we had to go all the way to Brogan Spire to find some peace and quiet. Alas, there were eight people on Cave Route, and some friends were on the nearby .10's, so after glancing at Watts' new guide decided to do the this multi-pitcher while we waited for things to clear out. The .10a rating it gives the start is absolutely sandbagged, as is the bouldery start to the 2nd pitch. Our third companion couldn't make the start, so we opted to rappel from the first anchor. After accidentally knocking some boulders off the left (west) side of where the route starts with the rope, we descended with two 60m ropes (one 70m would probably be fine). We then tried to pull the ropes, but they were stuck fast. After yarding on them for awhile, we were only able to ascertain that they must be stuck near the very top. Without another rope or anyone nearby to help out, I then attempted to prussik up the ropes to free them and rappel through a draw. Alas, not wanting to do the start free and without a crash pad, I tried starting to the left (where the rocks had been dislodged earlier). Only 8 feet up the ropes knocked off a guillotine flake that could very easily have severed my left index finger, and did sever a vein in my right hand and seriously contuse my right knee. The ropes have not yet been recovered as of 4/26/10. They have a note on them offering a reward for its safe return to their proper owner (me). PM if you know anything about them. Moral of the story...


4/27 EDIT: Ropes recovered. Thanks Jack!

Added: 2010-04-26