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Clair Obscur

This route is located in the Southern Region at The Gallery

Smack Dab

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DaVinci's Left Ear 5.10b (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Blake Bowling in 2004
Length: 60ft
Bolts: 7 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This line is the furthest bolted line on the leftmost side of the wall. Climb the face making use of inconspicuous underclings along the way.
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Owner: RRGCC

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5.10b (85 votes)

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Submitted by: climb2core
Date: Feb 9th, 2011


Anonymous said on May 9th, 2005
good route, needs some traffic to clean it up - look for the inobvious underclings and it'll go much more smoothly... 10b or c
Meadows said on August 8th, 2005
10b at the most - this route is loads of fun!
Stewy911 said on August 10th, 2005
i didn;t use but maybe one undercling. I guess this is why it felt hard 10 easy 11 to me. hmmm
Anonymous said on October 16th, 2005
Crappy rock. Disentegrating rapidly with time.
Anonymous said on October 25th, 2005
Wire brushes clean routes better than traffic.
merrick said on December 3rd, 2005
this was my favorite route on the wall. seemed reasonably clean and not too disinigrating. fun sustained mid ten technical moves the whole way. Do this route if you are there.
squeezindlemmon said on July 17th, 2006
fun route!
tomdarch said on October 23rd, 2007
Great variety of moves and sustained, but with a break at a ledge. Sadly that relationship of moves and ledge means that this isn't a great lead if you're shaky at the grade (unless some bolts were to be moved on the top half)
whatahutch said on March 9th, 2009
Got on it right after a very humble and cool Lynn Hill did it. "It might be a .10," she said.
Scaife said on April 6th, 2009
This route is really clean now, and lots of fun. If you need a break from Gold Rush or Mosaic, walk over and have some fun.
Josephine said on July 5th, 2009
this route stayed dry in the rain and so did the belayer. it was fun & i was grateful for the rest 1/2 way up.
Vincent said on April 11th, 2010
I like it.
Anonymous said on May 2nd, 2019
More like a solid 11a now