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This route is located in the Lower Gorge Region at Long Wall

Rock Wars

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Souders Crack 5.11d (Trad) ***

First Ascent: Tom Souders, Jeff Koenig in 1986
Length: 80ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This route ascends the thin flake immediately left of Rock Wars.
Moves: Fingers
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry: Downpour
Owner: NFS
scary (1) crimpy (1) fingers (1) bouldery (1)
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3.64 stars (14 votes)
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5.11d (16 votes)

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Huggybone said on April 3rd, 2003
er, scratch that. I forgot that I fell.
Anonymous said on April 1st, 2004
led by Andrew Gearing 2/04
Roentgen Ray said on November 21st, 2004
Good job Andy.
cscariot said on April 6th, 2006
Can be led safely on small cams. Rock not nearly as poor as reputation would suggest. Difficulty likely dependant on finger size.
Wolf said on May 27th, 2008
There's plenty of opportunity for good gear before the crux. The poor rock is on the lower, easier part of the route.
symardila said on November 14th, 2011
Easier than B3 and protects ok with small cams.
Jacob said on September 18th, 2019
Led this back in April after doing a beta burn on tr. All the hard climbing sews up nicely with small cams. At the end I remember using a 0.3 C4, a #0 Mastercam, and a black totem (the equivalent metolius or BD would surely work too) and I never felt like I was going to die. I was pretty much crimping the edges of the crack at the crux once it got too small to even get fingertips. 11d Feels about right, but it felt more PG13 than R.