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This route is located in the Miller Fork at Corner Pocket


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Awkward Threesome 5.11a (Trad) ***

First Ascent: Art Cammers, Kenneth Johns, Dustin Stephens in 2014
Length: 70ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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LEDGE ROUTE: This wandering, naturally protected face climbing is located on a ledge above and right of Chimney Sweep. The ledge can be reached by scrambling up a gully 50 feet right of Chimney Sweep or by climbing the first pitch of Old Growth or the surrounding lines.
Moves: Pumpy
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: RRGCC

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dustonian said on April 15th, 2014
Before Arty and Kenneth go apoplectic, this is probably more accurately listed as a trad route. The bolt in the middle bit of 5.7 R is optional...Not that this route will ever get repeated. Easily TR setup after leading Compulsion.
caribe said on April 17th, 2014
Shit, I'd climb it again ....
kman154 said on April 17th, 2014
Dustonian your so kind. I did not feel run out at all but it makes no difference. I liked the route you made a good find.
dustonian said on April 17th, 2014
We can move those two bolts around if it seems worth the trouble after climbing them. The crack was kinda sharp and brittle on this one but got better after toproping and beating it up with a hammer for half an hour. Cool hand crack at the top.
brhe224 said on November 25th, 2014
I didn't fully understand the name until I looked at the FA party ;)