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Bring Up the Bodies

This route is located in the Southern Region at Bronaugh Wall

Possessio Denouement

1 votes

Upworthy 5.10c (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Shannon Stuart-Smith, Byron Hempel in 2014
Length: 70ft
Bolts: 8 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Fun direct pull-up start on an obvious two-handed jug, or follow easier terrain to the left to get started. Climb up on a wide ledge at the bottom of a huge hueco moving to the right, then up and over a brown stair step-like bulge. Head straight up on positive pockets and plates towards an obvious prow passing on the left over a pair of thin shelves. After passing a fixed draw on the left side move up and traverse back right finishing on gently steepening rock on deep, sinker pockets to the anchors.
Moves: Pockets
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: RRGCC

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2.76 stars (21 votes)
Grade Consensus
5.10d (17 votes)

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Submitted by: Anonymous
Date: Sep 11th, 2020


dustonian said on January 29th, 2015
Pretty weird and scary clipping the fixed draw but cool jug-hauling otherwise. Thanks to Flunker from trimming some branches in the fall zone up top.
climb2core said on January 29th, 2015
Well that's not good when Dustin starts talking about clips being weird and scary on 5.10
dustonian said on January 30th, 2015
Regardless it's a cool steep route that will clean up well
Anonymous said on March 28th, 2015
Holds do feel small and awkward when clipping the fixed draw - I took quite a large fall here, but the fall is clean. Reach past the small crimps to a larger hold well above the draw, but be ready for some air if you blow it! Fun route the whole way, thanks for putting this one up!
climb2core said on October 5th, 2015
Probably my least favorite route on this wall. The bolt with the perma on it seems like it is mid crux and could probably be fixed by adding chain or lowering it. Plated bolts too :(
JR said on October 26th, 2015
Not one vote for 10c. This thing looks innocuous from the ground......
Anonymous said on May 25th, 2016
i would not recommend this to my friends looking for a 10c. or a 10d. come to think of it, i wouldn't recommend this to any of my friends at all. i'm not trying to shit on the developers, whose work i deeply appreciate, but this crag would be better off without this rock climb tempting people into having a poor experience. rope runs all over a big chicken head when lowering, btw.
Shannon said on April 15th, 2017
I appreciate the kind words about my work and I agree this route is probably not the right route for a 10+ climber to try, that is a good and fair observation. Not in defense of this particular route but more of a general statement about (most) of my routes I would say I prefer to bolt routes that favor balance over strength and routes that tend to challenge climbers route reading and puzzle solving skills. I've noticed what I prefer (in a route) is not necessarily popular and what is popular is not what I necessarily prefer. A good example would be the difference between Belly of the Beast and Bring Up the Bodies...I love, love, love Bodies precisely it is so complicated but fully realize it is never going to be as popular as the Beast. I sort of feel that way about this climb because it does challenge the climber to find a way to stay in balance without working too hard. But that is my bias and I agree this climb with it's lower rating does attract unsuspecting 10 climbers and may do them a disservice, so please keep that in mind. Thanks
lena_chita said on April 17th, 2017
I didn't think the fixed draw clip was particularly weird or scary. I also wouldn't say that this route favors balance over strength... I thought it was a pretty typical overhanging RRG route with not-particularly-good rock quality in the first half, and a burly direct start that most people seem to be skipping, by scrambling up the ledge on the left, if the chalk marks can be used as evidence. It was worth doing once, I am glad it was there, though I would never recommend that anyone go to this crag for this route.
J-Ru said on May 30th, 2017
I enjoyed this climb. Their is no need to scramble up left at the start -- you can campus or use better technique and keep your feet on. I did not feel clipping the perma was that hard. Route reading skill will help.
J-Ru said on May 30th, 2017