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Brownian Motion

This route is located in the Southern Region at The Bright Side

Medicine Man

2 votes

Crown of Thorns 5.11c (Sport) *****

First Ascent: Dustin Stephens, Max Pazirandeh in 2011
Length: 70ft
Bolts: 8 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Plenty of interesting features and just the right amount of pump delivers one of the best lines of its grade in the Red. Begin left of Brownian Motion and climb up to a large hueco. Move out of the hueco roof then angle left toward the chains making good use of a perfectly placed hand-sized hueco along the way
Moves: Pockets
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: RRGCC
sunny (1) pockets (1) long (1) fun (1) classic (1) stout (1) pumpy (1) pinches (1) juggy (1) exposed (1)
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4.48 stars (81 votes)
Grade Consensus
5.11d (72 votes)

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Date: Apr 14th, 2016

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dustonian said on October 24th, 2011
well-spaced bolts, airy, and solid for the grade
512OW said on October 26th, 2011
I climbed it in pitch black via headlamp, so I only got to see the route in 4' circles... but the climbing was fantastic. Actual rockclimbing, not the typical paddling.
pigsteak said on November 20th, 2011
this thing was very, very good. thanks for this one Dustin!
heavyc said on January 11th, 2012
awesome route will be even better after a little traffic on it
dustonian said on July 11th, 2012
heads up for the paper wasp currently dwelling in the big far left pocket between bolts 6 and 7... tried to evict the fucker but failed
dustonian said on July 14th, 2012
wasps gone... carry on
Anonymous said on August 16th, 2012
Really great climb. Super fun movement the entire way!
ray said on August 19th, 2012
This route has so many cool little characteristics. The crazy circle thing up at the top, the nice flake at the ending, crawling out of the hueco, etc. Plus it climbs up to a gorgeous arch. Either I'm way too excited to be climbing again or this is a 5 star route.
Willy said on October 9th, 2012
Lots of fun! Blew it going for a clip up high and went for flying for nearly fourty feet. Bolts are placed perfectly on this rig, no worries of swinging back into the heuco.
MartyV said on October 14th, 2012
Really a quality route. Lots of different types of movement. Super fun!
Willy said on October 15th, 2012
Be careful cranking hard on this rig if its at your limit. Had to give my tendons a few weeks to recover after trying hard for the flash. Almost too many perfect pockets
chriss said on November 25th, 2012
Such a good route! Certainly one of the best at the grade.
Rusty said on April 14th, 2016
This route is so much fun I uploaded the same photo 3 times. Oops