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This route is located in the Lower Gorge Region at Pistol Ridge

It's a Wonderful Life

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Flirtation with the Lack of Self Preservation 5.10 X (Trad) *

First Ascent: Billy Simek in 2020
Length: 80ft
Gear: BD #1-4, slings (report bad anchors)

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Did you not read the guidebook or look around the corner when route finding? Convince yourself this looks 5.3 and start climbing the center of a vertical, unprotected face that is covered in lichen. Pass a thinner section to greet a friendly copperhead on the small ledge. Circumvent this unconventional crux until reaching the short wide crack, about 30 feet off the deck. Get a dirty jam, plug some gear, pull a wide move or two and surmount the ledge. Finish on the top slabby section of Spinnacle. Not recommended. At all.
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: NFS

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Amenard138 said on February 11th, 2021
Heard this is an area test piece! Mega rig for sure
wsimek said on February 11th, 2021
Not Spinnacle, no idea how I decided it was. Talked to people that know more than me saying there wasn’t any route history here, definitely let me know otherwise. Figured it might save an adventure for dummies like me. Thanks Andy for the “belay”
Anonymous said on February 11th, 2021
I can imagine Jaggers fuming mad right now for not claiming this obvious king line first.
Anonymous said on February 11th, 2021
This line could use a longer and more pretentious name for sure