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357 aka Angel (free version) 

YDS: 5.13 French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: X- ZA: 30 British: E7 6c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.13 French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: X- ZA: 30 British: E7 6c [details]
FA: aided - Aaron Rashaw Steve Dupuis September 27th 1998. freed - Conor Cliffe, Tom Draper, Sept 2013
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Aaron Rashaw on May 10, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: 357 - Steeply overhanging crack - freed in 2013 by...


"This is a right leaning/overhanging crack that goes from 4 camalots to blue TCUs. We thought this would be a burly free climb for a NH back country hard man/woman.

Steve and I were sleeping in a tent when a Bear started circling. Steve said to me "cover your ears," then fired off a couple warning shots with his 357. All you heard was the Bear thrashing through the woods at high speed." - Aaron Rashaw

edit- Recently Conor Cliffe and Tom Draper freed the route. Here is Conor's description: "This climbs the obvious steep roof crack. Tape up and enjoy some of the best pure crack climbing in the Northeast.

P1: 5.13 Begin up the corner and then traverse back left on good holds by utilizing a horizontal. Pull up to a stance at the base of the crack. Climb the crack to a stance. 70'

P2: 5.12a Continue up the corner and switch back left. Follow the short and burly horizontal (fingers) to pull around the lip. 40'

Gear: Standard rack up to 4 with emphasis on finger sizes.

A few notes: I do plan to update the anchor at the top of P1. I think that I will put it further up the corner to extend the pitch or just put it more to the left on the overhanging wall so that way the rope runs better if someone were to top rope it. The best spot for an anchor for P2 would be right after you pull over the lip so that the belayer could watch the second and if they fell off of the traverse they could just lower them down. The 2nd half of p2 is a little crumby as of right now. It is a good pitch but would be so short and I am not so sure that people would do it. As you know (probably) once you pull over onto the face there is a lot of dirt/lichen up there. I took it to the top and rapped off on the FA.

I have renamed the route 'Angel' and (because I have been accused of sandbagging as of lately) I am going to put the grade at a simple 5.13. I did the route with tom draper." - Conor Cliffe


This is the left most route in the alcove we did. It is a right leaning/overhanging crack. As one exits the top of the alcove there seemed to be a bunch of dirty crack options for a second pitch.


Standard NH rack. The "anchor" bolts are new but were drilled with a standard bit for metric bolts, so are oversized. Do not trust them!.

Note! The anchor bolts at the top of the crack still have not been upgraded from the ones with over-sized holes and should not be trusted. Back them up with good gear.

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By M Sprague
From: New England
May 10, 2010

Is this it?

If it is, would you mind if the anchor is upgraded to 2 bolts and rings. I think they are safer and less visually obtrusive than pins and slings. I would really like to try to free this
By Aaron Rashaw
May 10, 2010

Yup. Killer! No problems with adding bomber anchors, I'm all for it. Hope you guys free out this stuff!
By Aaron Rashaw
May 10, 2010

Any picture of the route I listed as The Endurance? I think that would be a good candidate for freeing.
By seth c
Aug 28, 2011

The anchor has been updated to Two bolts with wire nuts for hangers. The pins pulled out by hand quite easily. If you go to try this bring two hangers for half inch bolts and maybe some new webbing or cord.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Aug 28, 2011

I have a couple hangers I can put on them next time I'm out there. Are they set up so two quicklinks on each hanger will work well? I'm trying to get away from sling anchors out there. How did the climbing go?
By seth c
Sep 1, 2011

The bolts already have one quick link on each nut so all you would need is two half inch hangers and two more quick links. The climbing is hard very sustained and painful. The line is so beautiful though that you forget how much it hurts and how bad the approach to get there is.
By Aaron Rashaw
Aug 1, 2012

Anyone bag this thing yet? Pics?
By M Sprague
From: New England
Aug 2, 2012

No. I don't think anybody has touched it since Seth checked it out. I haven't been able to get out there as much as I wished this year and it is hard to find competent and adventurous new-routers to come along with any regularity. It looks like it needs a fair amount of cleaning to be in the prime condition it deserves and it is so steep and leaning that it's kind of difficult and slow going by myself.
By Aaron Rashaw
Aug 4, 2012

Hard to believe you can't find a partner, there is a lot of untouched granite out there. Have fun on your adventures!
By M Sprague
From: New England
Mar 13, 2013

The more recent attempt at an anchor should be replaced. Judging by a few stashed extra bolts and talking, it looks like a standard sized bit was used for metric bolts. That may look "close enough", but over-sized holes severely weakens the pullout strength of the anchors. They should probably go 20 feet higher too, at the top of the Alcove, though the initial crack ends at a stance where they are currently.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Mar 13, 2013

Proves again, just 'cause you have a drill doesn't mean you know shit.

I really wish that potential f/a folks would at least, maybe do one route with someone who knows something
By M Sprague
From: New England
Mar 13, 2013

I think it was an oops moment.
I wonder how many metric Petzl bolts are placed in the states using non-metric bits. I bet a scary number.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Sep 19, 2013

This just got freed this Sunday by Conor Cliffe on his fifth try. He thought it was about 13b. Hopefully he will post up more information here as a note or send me a message and I can integrate it into the description. He was belaying his partner up when I swung by to check if a project was dry and they were aiming to head over the top to another anchor for getting down while I was leaving. A big congratulations are in order! Conner, if you see this, Please send me a message or a comment here describing the freed version of ascent, gear etc, and I will integrate it into Aaron's description.

Note! The anchor bolts at the top of the crack still have not been upgraded from the ones with over-sized holes and should not be trusted. Back them up with good gear. Hopefully somebody will replace these things soon (in a better location too) and finish scrubbing the route up. It is a classic well worth it.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Oct 9, 2013

Thanks for the description Conor. I added it to Aaron's

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