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Iron Mike (open project)

This route is located in the Southern Region at The Shire

Earth-Bound Misfit

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K.S.B. 5.10d (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Ron Bateman, Josh Thurston, Matt Tackett, Richard Strange in 2006
Length: 60ft
Bolts: 6 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Walk right about 150 feet past Bulldozer to a large overhanging wall. This climbs starts with some steep iron edge pulling and ends on a fun vertical face with crazy holds.
Moves: unknown
Descent: unknown
Stays Dry:
Owner: RRGCC

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Andrew said on November 27th, 2006
There was no rope or red tag on the route when we climbed it. I didn't know till now that it says closed project. I think someone had already done the first accent, from the looks of it.
climbhigh said on November 27th, 2006
i put anchors on it a few months ago for the jatd. strange wanted to learn how to bolt but never got past the wanting stage. so ron and josh finished bolting it last week or so. im pretty sure they sent.
Andrew said on November 27th, 2006
Its really good by the way. A must do, and a little different than most at the Red.
Feanor007 said on November 27th, 2006
fun line, did it on top-rope with strange, glad to see some one bolted it
redpointron said on November 27th, 2006
yeah. josh and i finished it up last weekend. r.r.o. and climbhigh deserve the real credit for this one--the anchors were the hard part. be careful of some loose rock out right between the 4th and 5th bolt.
RRO said on November 27th, 2006
rro and climbhigh both suck :)
RRO said on November 27th, 2006
rro and climbhigh both suck :)
redpointron said on November 28th, 2006
climbhigh is cool, but r.r.o. does suck. ;)
goodguy said on November 28th, 2006
I met climbhigh once and he is a total douche bag. Always jonesing for an FA and demanding his name on the FA list for reasons like, "I brushed the feet on the start so I get a part of the FA right." What a poser.
Andrew said on November 28th, 2006
I think I should get my name on the FA list. I was the first one to post about it, and gave a grade.
redpointron said on November 28th, 2006
andrew, i thought matt (or whatever his name is this week) must've told you the grade i told him when we gave him his gear back. either way, you're on the f.a. list in my book...which, i'm sorry to say, matters to no one.
Anonymous said on November 28th, 2006
listen, redpointron got the FFA so lets just drop all the other names and get a couple of us together to praise redpointron with a complimentary "Wobbly H session" ooh dang that sounds nice!
pigsteak said on November 28th, 2006
dropping names is not allowed..just ask all the purists who insist that an FA listing one person is really a selfish pursuit. nope, it's 4 names or nothing.
RRO said on November 29th, 2006
problem solved.
redpointron said on November 29th, 2006
change it back, please. pigsteak always ruins everything.
redpointron said on December 14th, 2006
This route is actually called "K.S.B." -- Keep it strange, baby. Matt Tackett and Richard Strange should be listed on the F.A. as well. Thank you.
RRO said on December 14th, 2006
i still like pigsteak ruins everything. this may be one of those routes that get changed pretty often.................
goodguy said on December 15th, 2006
I heard there was a pretty sweet boulder out at th Shire, is it in the guide somewhere?
heacocis said on March 27th, 2007
A good route that flows well once the moves are figured out. There was much rock breaking off between the first and second bolt, making clipping the second more difficult. I think a fall while clipping the second would put the leader close to the ground, so the belayer should be attentive.
ray said on April 2nd, 2007
The top of this reminds me of the bottom of Hellraiser. Soft and squishy.
Power2U said on May 12th, 2007
Good climb, too bad it's so dirty. Maybe it will clead up, if it does it will be an excellent 5.10.
Anonymous said on May 31st, 2007
funrageous! route. deceptively easier than it looks from the ground. flows without any wierdness. nice job to the person with the drill and the time to put the bolts up for the rest of us.
pigsteak said on June 3rd, 2007
I have now sent. I demand to be put on the FA team.
Spragwa said on June 3rd, 2007
This thing is fun. It's still a wee bit dirty but it's cleaning up well.
dirtdog said on September 29th, 2008
wow what a sweet route! it was solid for us - no loose stuff that we found. For the .10+/.11- leader, I thought it was pretty hard from the 1rst to 3rd bolts. Really cool to have a route like this on a wall like that!
der uber said on June 8th, 2009
The bottom, although less aesthetic, climbs nicely. Good route.
crayon said on November 22nd, 2009
Nice warm up for Amarillo.
Rollo said on September 26th, 2010
Nice solid 10d. All good holds and great movement... and it looks sweet!
ThunderMug2 said on June 13th, 2011
This route is so good, it's even fun to watch people climb. The first half is sustained, and then fun up to the anchors. There is plenty of seating and shade, plus the wall is very aesthetically pleasing for photography. I watched 8 friends climb it, and nothing broke off. I am curious as to what KSB stands for.
Wolf said on June 25th, 2011
Keep it Strange, Baby.
cinciclimber2 said on November 16th, 2011
I don't think there is anyway this route is 10d. I on-sighted Breakfast Burrito and one hanged Amarillo the same day i got on this route and had to hang at almost every bolt. Sure I'm just weak sauce and don't climb much harder than 11b on a good day but dang this thing felt stiff!
Ballsnauer said on May 5th, 2014
Climbed this on 4/30, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th bolts were spinning. I took a wrench to them and tightened them down but had a hard time getting them snug. Just a heads up.
J-Ru said on July 13th, 2014
I (re-)tightened the 3rd and 4th bolts with a socket wrench and they are snug.
dustonian said on July 18th, 2014
really good
moloch415 said on September 15th, 2015
was at the shire this weekend. wanted to do ksb. but it was red-tagged. any ideas why?
Anonymous said on September 15th, 2015
Probably because about half the bolts are spinners and one of them is wiggling in the hole.
Anonymous said on November 11th, 2015
BEWARE BOLT 3! Very loose, not recommended.
Anonymous said on November 11th, 2015
Did you report the bad bolt to BadBolts??
DrRockso said on February 8th, 2016
Keepin' it strange baby (and safe) this route was updated with SS Glue-Ins 2/7/2016.
DrRockso said on February 8th, 2016
Thanks fixed gear initiative!
J-Ru said on February 8th, 2016
Thought that's what you might be doing when you said you were going to the Shire. Thank you! That is a great route.
ryanthayer said on October 8th, 2017
seriously...most favorite route ever after climbing down in the gorge for 4 years now!!!!
Spagel said on November 28th, 2017
Loved this route! The name was the only thing disappointing about it :)