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Lawson on Birds in a
Rut (5.7 R)

SmithRock.com: How many routes
did you put up before you got the
drill?

Ryan: About five or six, I think.

SmithRock.com: How many new
routes have you done?

Ryan: About 75 now.

SmithRock.com: In what areas
are these new routes?

Ryan: Probably the majority are in
the Marsupials, but the only area
where I haven't put up routes are
the Red Wall, Monkey Face and

the Upper Gorge. I've hit every crag
but those.

SmithRock.com: What is your
favorite area and route that you've
put up?

Ryan: The Marsupials is my favorite
area, and favorite route...my favorite
hard -- like 5.11 -- route that I've put
up is probably Holier Than Thou
(5.11b) on the West Side Crags. It
starts off a ledge above Manic Nirvana.
That's a really good climb.

SmithRock.com: Do you do Manic
Nirvana to get up to it?

Ryan: Well, yeah, a variation off it.
My favorite aid climb -- because
I've also done some aid climbing --
is a climb called Knuckledraggers Anonymous, up on Broken Spire
and left of the Great Roof; it's an
A3+ X. That's a pretty cool climb...
and my favorite moderate sport
climb is probably Lusty Lady,
which is up on the Mudpile, behind
Delirium Tremens. It's a full rope
length 5.8 and really nice.

SmithRock.com: As far as when
you put up routes...I know that
there's been some controversy

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