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This route is located in the Gray's Branch Region at Military Wall

Minumum Creep

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Nicoderm 5.12b (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Chris Snyder in 1993
Length: 60ft
Bolts: 6 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This route shares the same start as Nicorette but angles out to the right on the face.
Moves: Bouldery or Technical
Descent: Cold shuts
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: NFS

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5.12c (5 votes)

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Submitted by: Elodie
Date: Sep 18th, 2010

Submitted by: Elodie
Date: Sep 18th, 2010

Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 18th, 2005


bberlier said on May 9th, 2003
Don't be afraid, just tape your fingers, wrist, elbows and hope tendons don't blow like guitar strings!
Anonymous said on April 8th, 2004
test site for the hilti pocket manufacturing/enhancement team
Power2U said on May 24th, 2006
Hey man the holds on this route seem natural to me. I don't think Chris Snyder would manufature holds. The most gnarly mono route I have ever been on, cool bouldery movement, all the way... fun!
Anonymous said on May 27th, 2006
Chris Snyder would rather eat a pile of his own dukey than drill artifical pockets.
SCIN said on March 28th, 2007
Got shut down on this route today. I just don't understand what to do. I had a deep two-finger pocket with my right hand and tried as hard as I could to reach the high left-hand mono (the one Dave has with his right hand in the picture above) but just couldn't reach it. I have no idea how Dave has it with his right hand in that shot. Oh wait, he's Dave.
SCIN said on May 11th, 2007
It definitely seemed possible after getting on it again and getting beta from Captain Snyder. Possible if you like pulling hard on monos while smearing feet on nothing. Nice work you dudes who sent this.
aburgoon said on May 9th, 2011
I heard Seal Team 6 trained on this route before storming the Bin Laden compound.
vertical1 said on June 18th, 2011
you can bypass the crux moves by executing a figure four before the mono
aburgoon said on July 8th, 2011
no wonder it felt so hard. I was doing the figure four off the mono.
Cromper said on April 28th, 2013
This thing is balls hard but super good. Highly recommended.