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The Middle Path

This route is located in the Miller Fork at Monastery

The Shaman

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The Suffering 5.12b (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Blake Bowling in 2013
Length: 65ft
Bolts: 7 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This and the next line will serve the Red River endurance climber a little better but still require some oomph at times. A fingery start will take you to a fun swim through a sea of holds up the steep wall. A nice finger slot stab mid-route is the first obstacle. The second comes going for the chains where heel hooking skills could take a lot of the sting out.
Moves: unknown
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry: Downpour
Owner: RRGCC

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Submitted by: Raiden
Date: May 5th, 2015

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Date: Apr 14th, 2015

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Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 29th, 2013

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Date: Dec 28th, 2013


Meadows said on December 28th, 2013
There is no suffering on this - just pure fun! Well bolted and awesome. Thanks, Blake!
businessprofessional said on October 28th, 2014
This climb is FANTASTIC! Great climbing with awesome cruxes and rock quality. Super fun.
climb2core said on October 20th, 2015
Felt soft the for the grade. Neighbor to the right felt like a definite step up. Maybe The Suffering just suited me well. Either way, this is a fantastic climb.
steep4me said on November 23rd, 2015
This is a really fun climb with good rock quality. Pretty scrappy for the climber who is under 5'4"!
Anonymous said on November 26th, 2015
Steep4me's typical comment (which I think she has set to autoreply) for every route in the red "hard if you're short". Enough with that excuse because every route is harder for tall people too that weigh twice as much as you.
Anonymous said on November 26th, 2015
Yeah, especially when you gotta haul of a 57 pound dick with ya.
Anonymous said on November 26th, 2015
Yeah cry4me, no one cares that you are short and only weigh 57lbs
FCote said on May 18th, 2018
Very nice route. It reminded me a lot of Tissue Tiger or Gung Ho at Military Wall. Similar in quality and steepness with the crux at the top.
Cromper said on March 31st, 2019
Best on the wall; phenomenal rock climb.