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Buried Alive

This route is located in the Natural Bridge Region at The Zoo

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2 votes

Crimpin' Ain't Easy 5.11c (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Dustin Stephens, Marty Vogel in 2013
Length: 85ft
Bolts: 9 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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The long golden face just before you get to the "birdcage" slab routes. Crank on cool pockets and crimps for a couple bolts of tricky face, cruise through some jugs to a good rest, then yard on crimps again to pull a boulder problem on perfect orange rock to reach the anchor.
Moves: unknown
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry:
Owner: Private
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Submitted by: dustonian
Date: Nov 1st, 2013


Anonymous said on November 2nd, 2013
isn't marty vogel the j-tree guidebook author? if so, this may be the most illustrious route after pigsteak's.
dustonian said on November 2nd, 2013
No that's Randy. They are butt-brothers tho.
MartyV said on December 7th, 2013
Route is destined to be one of the most illustrious of the wall!
jacqnasty said on April 23rd, 2018
Second send of the grade for me and went first go. Definitely feel like it deserves the grade but the movement just was so enjoyable! I love the solid rest right before the crux. Short girl struggles at the crux but made it! Love those routes where you feel a wave of accomplishment flood over you at the top. Thanks for the fun route!
MikeWilkinson said on November 7th, 2020
Awesome route. Fun mix of crimps and jugs with rock that just gets better and better as you keep going.