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Tennis Elbow

This route is located in the Miller Fork at Fruit Wall

Pickle Head

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Denim Bananas 5.10a (Trad) ***

First Ascent: John Cottone, Autumn Richardson, Patrick Becerra in 2016
Length: 85ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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Wide fist to chimney crack 40 feet left of Tennis Elbow. Rap from trees to descend.
Moves: unknown
Descent: unknown
Stays Dry:
Owner: RRGCC
offwidth (1) dihedral (1) fists (1)
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5.9+ (5 votes)

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PatrickBecerra said on July 12th, 2016
Currently the route starts in a dirty corner up to a ledge guarded by a rhodo. Monkey bar through the branches and gain the crack that goes from the ledge up to another ledge. Have a seat, then hop up into the chimney and enjoy nice feet to the end. John and I will head back out in a couple weeks to bolt some anchors.
cottonej said on October 3rd, 2016
Glue in anchors and chains installed 10/1/2016
autumnrichardson said on October 3rd, 2016
Rhodos removed from the crack and base of the climb. Good portion of dirt removed from crack and first ledge. Still needs more clean up, but currently, with trees/dirt removed, climbs easier than 10a.
dustonian said on July 22nd, 2021
Sounds like Jac Frech may have climbed this in 2015 based on his comment under Tennis Elbow... unclear whether he freed it or not with his "lasso'd a tree" manuever haha
Jackiefreesh said on July 28th, 2021
The climb I did in 2015 turned out to be Pickle head. The order of the climbs listed is still wrong. pickle Head is the only route left of Lichen Lessons. Scott listed the correct order elsewhere and I have since climbed both Tennis Elbow and Denim Bananas. Of those three trad climbs, Tennis Elbow is my favorite and I would agree with Autumn that Denim Bananas seems easier than 10a, probably about 5.9-.