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Lichen Lessons

This route is located in the Miller Fork at Fruit Wall

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Tennis Elbow 5.7 (Trad) ***

First Ascent: Dustin Stephens, Scott Curran, Marty Vogel in 2014
Length: 50ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This handcrack can be found by walking 25 feet left of Disco Strangler. Large gear recommended for the jug-loaded offwidth up top.
Moves: Pumpy
Descent: Bolt anchors
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: RRGCC

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Submitted by: rjackson
Date: Jul 21st, 2021


Cromper said on August 22nd, 2014
This will always to me be known as Shitty Dicks ;)
Jackiefreesh said on November 22nd, 2015
Water was dripping on start so I lassoed tree on left. Harder but cleaner and drier. Rapped off holly tree near top.
Anonymous said on November 22nd, 2015
Seems like you were not on this route. Bolted anchors on the top of this
Anonymous said on November 22nd, 2015
dustonian said on November 22nd, 2015
This one starts kind of up about 8' on a ledge and behind a large tree, so can be a bit harder to find. I think you might have done the crack to the left?
Jackiefreesh said on November 29th, 2015
Oops, you're right. I double checked the picture and realize I climbed Pickle Head, not Tennis Elbow.
Jackiefreesh said on November 29th, 2015
Pickle Head lists anchors also. Maybe I missed them, after all I have had blurred vision in the past. But it was a dihedral of some sorts in that general vicinity.
Anonymous said on November 30th, 2015
Ya this and the ballad of Paul shin need to be swapped from their current order. Left to right it's picklehead, TBPS, lichen lessons, tennis elbow, then disco strangler.
Anonymous said on November 30th, 2015
Sorry its picklehead, lichen lessons, TBPS, tennis elbow, then disco strangler. -Scott
PatrickBecerra said on July 5th, 2016
Starts in a fun hand crack in the dihedral with good feet on the arete, then moves to a very short thin fingers section before the #4 sized crack up to the anchors. Two #4's would make you feel a lot better on this, but I did it with one.
rjackson said on July 22nd, 2021
I'd characterize it as more of a large flake feature to flaring chimney than as a hand crack... and there are some decent holds but not 'jug-loaded' as described. Arm bars, wrist locks, chimney, some straightforward and some not-so straightforward gear while brushing on the go. If you're there with gear, it's worth the time.