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This route is located in the Natural Bridge Region at Roadside Crag - LIMITED ACCESS

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Trouble Clef 5.9- (Sport) ****

First Ascent: John Bronaugh in 2002
Length: 80ft
Bolts: 9 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This is the next bolted line 10 feet right of Kampsight. Begins on a 3 foot high sloping ledge just right of a crack.
Moves: Slab
Descent: Chain Anchor
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: Graining Fork Nature Preserve

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Submitted by: alfredo
Date: Dec 29th, 2005

Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 19th, 2005


SCIN said on July 9th, 2003
Great route. I loved it. Beautiful view from the top.
LittleMonkeyMojo said on July 22nd, 2003
You know... I completely forgot to turn around and look at the view from all of these routes and now I'm kicking myself. Will need to get back down to The Red soon. Great climb.
vic said on October 22nd, 2003
Fun long route. Very fun!
Don McGlone said on March 15th, 2004
Great, fun route, but the anchors are placed so that it places a lever effect on the biners clipped to the anchors. When this route is top-roped (as I am sure it often is) it puts a dangerous lever effect on both biners. One way to avoid this is to tie off the anchors with long slings.
Bashie said on May 6th, 2005
Sweet route, nice wall. Beginners probably want to bring a stick clip rig.
K-Dawg said on September 28th, 2005
Come here on a week day (if possible) and you can have this wall all to yourself. Unless you like the "christmas line-ups at the mall" type thing.
DuppyC said on March 13th, 2006
If you are going to fall in between the 2nd/3rd bolt, watch for your left foot going into the crack on the way down. Fun route.
thiedichfunk said on June 3rd, 2006
Fun route, a tricky move at the bulge 2/3 of the way up. Fun.
dbarless said on May 21st, 2007
Fun climbing with an interesting move to get past the slight overhang at the 4th/5th bolt....
Brentucky said on January 8th, 2008
i pulled off a soft-ball sized hold on the right side of the crack somewhere around the last bolt, and it was NOT on purpose. it didn't make the moves up there too much harder, but it certainly didn't make anything easier. pretty cool climb... good thing b/c now i guess i'll have to do it again!
MonkeySpank said on August 3rd, 2009
Tough route when wet.
gheib said on May 10th, 2010
Great view and really cool climbing throughout. Would have loved the lead. The view is really nice on this one.
flashburn said on July 12th, 2015
Lots of people toproping this all day, and when I got a shot at it and got to the anchors, they look pretty bad. Right hangar is spinning and the bolt has backed out a little, the left bolt looked like it was starting to do the same. I've reported it on badbolts. Be careful!
flashburn said on July 12th, 2015
Previous comment was intended for Kampsight, not Trouble Clef. Sorry!
KhaoticKlimber said on February 25th, 2017
An awesome sport adventure. Definite contender for favorite sport route in the Red, at least for a 9. A great variety of techniques required here. Mix of high crimpy pulls, a couple of offwidth sections, a committing cruxy bulge in the middle, and even a bit of slab near the top. Bring your brains and brawn for this one. A thinker's kind of route with some burly moves thrown in for good measure. Don't forget about the incredible view at the chains!