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Take the Scary Out of Life

This route is located in the Southern Region at Bronaugh Wall


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Bring Up the Bodies 5.11c (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Shannon Stuart-Smith, Enoch Harding, Julia Fain, Eva Bach in 2012
Length: 90ft
Bolts: 10 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Named after award-winning British novel this route starts on the ground to the right of Take the Scary Out of Life. Ascends the left side of giant hueco on friable looking but solid rock before angling gently up to the right through side pulls, underclings, crimps, pinches and pockets to a definitive crux after which the pace slows to a cautious finish. Thoughtful movement with plenty of plot twists that keeps you guessing and your attention all the way to the end.
Moves: Pockets and crimps
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: RRGCC

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5.11d (12 votes)

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Submitted by: Anonymous
Date: Sep 11th, 2020


dustonian said on November 19th, 2013
Great movement, but fairly raw in its current state. Take a brush to help this along. Super fun, thanks Shannon!
craig.smith1 said on April 13th, 2014
Excellent route. Must do.
shadow.ayala said on April 28th, 2014
The second half of this route makes up for the junky first half. Great movement up top.
slander said on October 15th, 2016
This route will be really great when it eventually sees more traffic. Tons of fun but pretty cryptic in its current state.
MartyV said on April 14th, 2018
The rock between last two bolts were covered in lichen and moss. Don't think this sees much traffic.
Anonymous said on April 14th, 2018
In addition to the lichen and moss at the top, I broke off like 4-5 feet on the route. I agree that the middle sections of the route are really cool, but it needs a lot of traffic to clean up. I think it's also harder than little teapot, crumblies, or collision damage, for whatever that's worth.