A must do and solid 5.11a lead on Koala Rock with great rock. The route is made up of pulling on solid crimps and small feet most of the way while using the arete here and there.
The climbing is easy through the first three bolts, pulling and standing on large knobs on a less than vertical rock. The crux comes halfway through the route as you make your way up a smooth section of rock that requires a high foot and a somewhat bigger move out towards the arete. From there climb up the arete before finishing back on the face using small holds
This is a great climb for new 5.11 climbers due to the easy start, good bolting, and vertical crux.
Smith Rock State Park, OR
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Given Black Diamond’s reputation for strong and durable hard goods, we decided to give their 9.9mm rope a try as our go to gym rope. The rope is priced right and works great out of the box but early signs of wear in the gym make it hard to give it the nod as a preferred gym rope.