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Bleached Bones

This route is located in the Miller Fork at The Morgue


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Scalpel 5.13a (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Shadow Ayala, Steve Andrew in 2013
Length: 90ft
Bolts: 8 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Climb up through a rounded dihedral of sorts until you can pop out onto the face to a pair of jugs. Depending on your taste you can cop a sit down rest on the ledge, take your shoes off, and hang out for a few or just finagle one in the hueco. When ready, enter the golden face to meet up with several distinct boulder problems. A pair of razor sharp crimps will be the deciding factor of your willingness to give it another go.
Moves: Bouldery
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry: Downpour
Owner: RRGCC

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5.13a (11 votes)

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Submitted by: Raiden
Date: Nov 17th, 2015

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rockman said on November 16th, 2015
this this is killer
JR said on May 10th, 2016
Don't let all the razor scalpel talk scare you. Not any sharper than other 13a's, Table of Colors for instance. Crux is short lived but the climbing is excellent all the way to chains. Nice work Shadow!
Raiden said on May 16th, 2016
Agree with JR, the crimps aren't so razor. You can even skip them if you're tall or if you've got hops.
Willy said on November 13th, 2016
The scalpel crimp isn't painfully sharp but does wear through your skin after a few goes. Found a bit of tape on the left middle finger tip to be useful for working this today. Stunning route!
Raiden said on November 13th, 2016
Easier than Bone Machine and Cremulator.
pumpout2004 said on February 17th, 2020
Very very good. Very very soft.
sigrah said on February 23rd, 2020
Built rock, great movement, and no mank. The definition of a 5 star climb
sigrah said on February 24th, 2020