Adventure Punks, 5.10d

1st Pitch- 120’- 5.10b/ This is a fun pitch with a tall flake system that calls for a few lay back moves and plenty of rest spots. The 5.9 slab start is referenced as “scary with no protection” in the guidebook. I concur and in my wise old age realize a broken limb is not worth it if there are options. In this case I found a great one. Climb the mossy corner to the left to its end. There you will find a bomber .75” cam pod. Then down climb the arête to your right and traverse right into the slab section below the first flake. You will pendulum if you fall, but the consequences would be minimal in comparison. Make several slab moves until you reach a very positive hand at the base of the first flake. Follow the flake system up, placing gear at will and make a few lay back moves when necessary. You will come to a wide crack/flake. Ascend it and traverse right to the base of another. One topo referenced this traverse as the crux of the pitch, but it did not feel that way to me. Run up this last flake until you can make easy face moves on varnished rock out left to reach the fixed (new in 2011) belay (semi-hanging).
Adventure Punks, 5.10d, 5 Pitches, Adventure Wall, Pine Creek, Red Rock, NV, June, 2011


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