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Tour de Hooks

This route is located in the Lower Gorge Region at Purple Valley

Pleasant Surprise

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Hot Licks and Rhetoric 5.8 R (Trad) ***

First Ascent: Martin Hackworth, Tim Andriakos in 1986
Length: 95ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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Climb Grunt or Tour de Hooks to the ledge. Continue up an attractive orange dihedral to a ledge.
Moves: Fingers
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: NFS

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Jerry Bargo said on March 8th, 2003
Two #1.5 Tricams protect the "R" section quite nicely, but you still have to do the scary step down to get the the start of the route.
TexasK said on May 2nd, 2003
I added a direct finish to route in 92 that goes over the roof above the ledge. .10a R (there is no pro up there)
hamsco said on June 17th, 2008
There are no fixed anchors at the top. Rap off trees. There are anchors on the ledge at the start of the climb.
john e aragon said on November 9th, 2009
I believe the best way to access this route would be to rap in on it. Unless runout 10d/11a is your thing.
Ascentionist said on November 10th, 2009
Yeah, the traverse from Grunt is less than ideal.
Jeff said on March 19th, 2010
Avoid the Grunt step-down by climbing Spinning Marty to reach the start of this climb. Didn't have tri cams with me. Without them, expect a good runout, with decking potential if you blow it. This thing climbs great, you just have to keep your head a bit.