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Check Your Grip

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

Primus Noctum

1 votes

Big Sinkin' Breakdown 5.11c (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Hugh Loeffler in 1998
Length: 85ft
Bolts: 7 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This route begins 10 feet right of Check Your Grip. Crank out a difficult boulder problem to a shelf then continue up the overhanging face.
Runout to anchors.
Descent: Cold shuts
Stays Dry: Downpour
Owner: RRGCC
runout (1) scary (1)
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3.51 stars (55 votes)
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5.11c (46 votes)

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Power2U said on May 12th, 2003
Great crimping to a cool sitdown above the last bolt and above the trees. Then air it out to the anchors.
dbrayack said on November 25th, 2004
What a great route!
Roentgen Ray said on March 10th, 2005
Rusted bolts and ran-out. Classic crimpy route.
Stewy911 said on May 1st, 2005
yea i think the bolts should be replaced!
Wes said on October 23rd, 2005
Kinda contrived runouts, adding a couple bolts to the bottom half would increase the quality and popularity of the route. A bit dirty and more then a few questionable holds.
Jeff said on June 23rd, 2006
Very memorable. Something about the "easy" climbing to the anchors, with the last bolt at your feet and air behind you.
Yasmeen said on April 21st, 2008
Enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I wasn't aware of the runouts while climbing the route, though from the ground I definitely thought I'd've liked another bolt or so.
512OW said on August 25th, 2008
Not my favorite on the wall. Hugh, you're entitled to a few less than glorious routes... :)
krampus said on September 22nd, 2008
Cool bouldery start to some good climbing. I don't see why this doesn't get more traffic.
dnietosi said on October 1st, 2012
It doesnt get more traffic cause the top sucks balls. Dangerous
Raiden said on September 26th, 2016
Added 4 quick links to the glue-in anchor today. They didn't look worn at all so maybe people have been lowering off the old rusted chain anchor, or the new bolts are recent. Anyway, thanks for the glue-ins!
eduard said on November 19th, 2018
Scary runouts all the way - route is ok, but hated the bolting.
Anonymous said on November 19th, 2018
Welcome to 1998.
Anonymous said on November 19th, 2018
Quick, add some bolts, climbing is dangerous!!!
eduard said on November 21st, 2018
For reference, the 11c to the right is 15ft shorter, has the same number of bolts, and was bolted a year before this one. But aside from spacing, it's very poorly protected at bolt 3 and last bolt where the rope falls in a groove between two flakes and I hope no one finds out what happens if the rope catches on the rocks on either side if you fall there.
caribe said on October 26th, 2020
The bolt spacing was ok for me. It's about time for glue-in replacements though.