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Upstream Swimmer

This route is located in the Eastern Gorge Region at Western Sky Bridge Ridge


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The Return of Geoff Beene 5.10d (Trad) *****

First Ascent: Jeff Koenig, Tom Souders in 1983
Length: 60ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This is the splitter fingercrack to the left of Upstream Swimmer. Climb the crack then move left to a ledge.
Moves: Fingers
Descent: Cold shuts
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: NFS

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5.10d (28 votes)

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Stewy911 said on July 26th, 2006
did the tiny pebble at the top break off? I remeber it being the only foot to use off the finger locks to get to the jug. Can anyone confirm this?
Anonymous said on March 22nd, 2007
no still there but i did it in September super nice climb CLASSIC !!
ahab said on June 15th, 2009
my fingers hurt.
Steve said on October 2nd, 2009
The last few feet of pebblely finger crack can be wet.
der uber said on October 12th, 2009
Yes it had rained in the last couple days, and the pebbly crack was manky. The feet are bad initially but we found a smear out right and a small iron foot on the left.
jrathfon said on October 19th, 2009
yup, rained a bit this week, right where the crack arches right, there is what should be a good finger/thin hand jam, but it was slimy, skipped a finger lock, the last finger lock was dry to throw for the clipping jug. awesome climb. really doable onsite as you get 2 no hands ledges to shake out on, place high pieces, and eye up the next 20ft. and there are some good holds right when you need 'em. man this thing gets sharper and sharper towards the top! hard to wiggle in the prow with all those crystals! don't know what pebble you are talking about at the top, but there are good feet (crystally smears) if you look.
gravitycoach said on October 25th, 2010
Sweet line. Wonder if the top ever gets dry!!? It hadn't had rain in 2 weeks and the top was still a bit manky - gotta' be a seep. Regardless, the locks are great and it's all there. Felt seriously soft for 10D though! I've been on harder, more sustained 10A's BUT it is still a great line.
MattGlue said on October 21st, 2013
Agreed that it's pretty darn soft for .10d. More like .10b, aka "9+" ...but still sooooo good!