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wallwombat


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It's called 'Sport Climb this you Nowra Bastards' at Nowra in New South Wales, Australia.


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Let's not overlook "Paisano Overhang" at Suicide Rock for that upside-down bat hanging and perfect handstacks.

"Throbbing Gristle" at Loveland in Joshua Tree is sure to leave you puking into space.


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Whats the opinion for the greatest OW in Yosemite.


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ya mean i have to have a favorite...yuch i stay away from them


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9th pitch of Magic Mushroom.

Honorable mentions:
East Face Dihedrals on Regge Pole, Little Slide Canyon
Slack Left, Yosemite
Ipecac, Joshua Tree
Horror Frake, Salathe' Wall
Vertical Turtle, City of Rocks
First pitch of Steck-Salathe', for sandbag effect

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Jaws in Yosemite,Emotional Rescue in Jt.But have these people really done all these OWS.Got lots of quality O.W.s in Spain


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But have these people really done all these OWS.

Wouldn't be surprised. I wouldn't think of mentioning one I haven't done. (Which explains why most of my meager list consists of unknown climbs :) )


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Fear of Flying (5.10) at Enchanted Rock, TX, is the good kind of offwidth: layback-able. The crack itself is up to six inches wide.

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...p.cgi?Detailed=10804

AS for distant goals... The Big Baby at Indian Creek is the right of passage for OW.


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Oooh...this one is obscure: Plow Position, 5.9, on Instant Karma Cliff, at Independence Pass, Colorado. The crag is at 12,300 feet (you walk there from the pass itself), and the crack is about 18" wide the whole way. I barely did it on toprope. I thought I might puke and die, not necessarily in that order.

It felt about 1000 times harder than any 5.11 offwidth I've ever been on, which only confirms the old saying, "Beware the 5.9 offwidth." As a lead this route is likely 5.15.


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I hate offwidth.
I only do them because I hate myself even more :twisted:


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Fear of Flying E rock, excelent routes


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Pony Express. The OW part isn't too long or too hard, but it keeps the crowding down on the 2nd pitch.
I should probably retract this. It was my favorite OW, because the first time I climbed it there were maybe 2 moves of OW, then done. I've had read TRs where some people would lieback the OW. When I repeated it recently there weren't any OW moves to make at all. Where the OW was, there were a couple of holds on the outside, plus stemming opportunities. I was less observant the first time. Or went inside too soon, and couldn't see the other choices. It was fun both ways, but this way was less strenuous, and didn't require an unpleasant knee-jam


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how many of you have had the pleasure of flipping your body upside down from a leavitation hand stack so you could jam a foot above your head, then inch by inch shuffling your foot up the crack, while holding yourself in this up side down mode with more hand stacks, till you can finally grab your leg and climb up yourself and continue on up to the top.

That sounds fun! Maybe one day....


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I hate offwidth.
I only do them because I hate myself even more

:D

That's my position with most overhanging climbs.


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ok, maybe I'm strange :wink: but I really enjoy getting a good struggle in after a day of less physical climbing. the favorite ow must be "generator crack" in yosemite, nice tr problem. my worst was the harding slot, I got totally :cry: claustrophobic. I have my eye on a particularly inviting ow in sedona, might try a fa soon!


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Gregs Problem At Woodson is great. Too big for stacks. So u gotta armbar. probably 11.d.


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Check out Blind Faith on the Rostrum.After the 11.c thin crux,its I think 3 pitchs of O.W. Nobody does this route.Its more resonable than it appears in the guide.


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Blind Faith, sound like a difficult approach (11c) but, hey I am game. No lines right


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The one I'll never even try!


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three way tie, with an honorable mention:

The Big Easy .11r/x (Cave Creek, Ar.): 60 degrees overhung, but thankfully in a dihedral for the occasional rest. Crux is 30 feet up with no pro. Bring a crashpad or 7...or even better; a "gold member"; one of those new fancy 18" big bros.

2nd Pitch of Abracadaver Pitch: .10d Route:11a (Cochise Stronghold, Az.):
Also in a dihedral, but much slicker(granite), preceded by 10+stemming/face; followed by 11a fingers...a full workout.

6th pitch of Mt. Conness' West Face Pitch: .9 Route:10c (Tuolomne, Ca.): Not TOO bad, but is protected by heinous 40 year old Harding home-made bolts (think plastic fork and ducktape), runout, and lies above 12,000 ' asl.

4th Pitch of Kazeemo .10c (Mt. Warren, Co.):
not the crux of the pitch, but again, at 12,000' + and 100' of hands and fingers after 30 feet of wide-ness to the belay. Beautiful views of alpine lakes. FA.


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Speak not the word lest you summon it to us. Even the word "offwidth" drips with malice. Those letters combined are like an invitation for Satan to attend your wedding. (Insert mother-in-law joke here.)


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I guess that OW will never have a line. While they are a weakness for me, I do enjoy them. Keeps me humble.


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table rock, linville gorge, north carolina

5.8 Crackerjack. second pitch is a body wide off width, bring big bros and yates.


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What about The Vertigo "half moon crack" pitch at Cannon Cliff NH USA, a 5.9 R offwidth... all the offwidth crack is run out for 50ft from the belay and finish with a hard crux slipperry face move to the next belay ;-0)

Enjoy your climbs everybody


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Crack A Jack --- in the Ghost ..... Canadian rockies

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