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Crimps and Bloods

This route is located in the Southern Region at Drive-By Crag

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Hakuna Matata 5.12a (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Kellyn Gorder in 1996
Length: 85ft
Bolts: 9 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This sustained route follows a thin crack/seam system on the left side of a gently overhanging golden face. Boulder up to a small ledge, then climb crimps and fingertip locks to the anchors.
Moves: Crimps or Edges
Descent: Cold shuts
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: RRGCC

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4.21 stars (61 votes)
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5.12a (51 votes)

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Submitted by: CRZYFST
Date: Dec 6th, 2018


Power2U said on May 12th, 2003
You better have some crack climbing skills for this one. I clipped the anchor off a fist jam and used several bomber finger locks on the way up. Exciting Route!
dj_ax said on June 5th, 2004
A crimpers paradise! Very sustained and very cool.
dbrayack said on February 25th, 2005
Its interesting to see that this got upgraded to 12b, it was hard, but im not sure if it was that hard.
Wes said on May 2nd, 2006
Cool route, some holds are a little crispy. Feels hard for the grade to me.
chriss said on February 25th, 2008
This is a nice route. Good movement and good crimps all the way, with plenty of shakeout rests thrown in. I thought this felt a little easier than extra backup.
krampus said on September 22nd, 2008
Thought it was one of the easier 12a's at drive by. Lots of fun though and definitely worth checking out.
Artsay said on October 12th, 2008
I can't believe I waited so long to get on this route. Perfect balance of pump and crimps. Get on it!
der uber said on August 25th, 2009
Didn't think it was easy for 12a. No really hard moves, but you need to pay attention the whole time. There's trickery afoot all the way. 4 stars!
dustonian said on June 26th, 2010
This route kicks ass! Soul Ram Lite.
ACD said on October 31st, 2010
A great route, technical crimps and a gradual pump all the way. Makes a nice contrast to the other routes on the wall and just as good in its way. Standard for 12a (not easy!).
climb2core said on October 17th, 2011
Stellar face climb! Have your buddy go up, hang the draws and tick up all the good holds (rain washes the chalk off) and then this becomes very flashable for the 12- climber.
Chiyram said on April 18th, 2016
I fell on this thing a lot yesterday, and still loved every minute of climbing it. Great vert technical climbing.
grigri said on November 2nd, 2017
Why are there two bolts for each bolt placement? Both sets look completely bomber.
Anonymous said on November 2nd, 2017
Sam Lightning Jr rebolted with glue ins and didn't have a breaker bar to remove the old ones. The 5 piece need to be removed and patched.
Jeff said on April 13th, 2018
Stripped the old hardware but had nothing to patch the holes with. Also had no needle nose pliers so there are maybe 3 or 4 holes that still have part of the old rusted sleeve in them.
Rx2Climb said on December 5th, 2020
So good! Great variety for a vert climb (slopers, hand jams!, crimps for days, and the occasional jug). Stays on you the whole way.