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East and Northeast Buttress Approach
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Adrenaline Surfer S 
Assembly Line T 
Back to Montana T 
Belle Fourche Buttress T 
Broken Tree T 
Buckspeck S 
Burning Daylight T 
Casper College T 
Everlasting T 
Gooseberry Jam T 
Hourglass, The T 
Maid in the Shade T 
Missed Opportunity T 
New Wave T 
Patent Pending T 
Pinball Wizard T 
Soaring T,S 
Spectator Sport T 
Surfer Girl T 
Team Ropin S 
Witchie T 

Assembly Line 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Dennis Horning, Judd Jennerjahn '75
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Submitted By: Barrett Cooper on Sep 7, 2002

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Description 

An amazingly continuous hand crack that begins from the platform reached after the steep steps on the Northeast approach, directly left of Teacher's Lounge. The route starts after the two pitches moving up and left through ledges and bushes and back right to Teacher's Lounge ledge as described in Patent Pending and the Northeast Buttress approach. The route is easily located from the Teachers Lounge above and to the left (around the corner) of the rap anchors for New Wave and Broken Tree. The line starts out a hand crack and continues that way for about 110' where it reaches a little hollow offwidth section and is 5.9 all the way. The offwidth section is much easier climbing and a good place to rest. It continues on for about 20-30' to a bulge. If you look left from there you will realize the rap anchors are hidden around the corner on the column on your left (look for a bolted hanger facing you that tells you where the anchors are around the corner and protects the move to the anchors, you can not see the anchors unless you lean way back so thank goodness someone put the bolt there because I was getting ready to try to pull the bulge above me). The line is, as a friend of mine put it, sicko good and was the best line we found on the tower at that grade by far!!!

Protection 

Bring as many pieces around a #2 Friend (1.5-2.5) as you have. You can occasionally go a little bigger or a little smaller but not often. Medium hexes were way cool to have in that range also.


Photos of Assembly Line Slideshow Add Photo
The crack goes on and on and on...
The crack goes on and on and on...
Me on Assembly Line
Me on Assembly Line
Jason near the top.
Jason near the top.
Russ from a distance
Russ from a distance
In the enduro thin hands section...
In the enduro thin hands section...
Jim Lynch, from New York, takes on the Stellar and...
Jim Lynch, from New York, takes on the Stellar and...
The two white dots (bottom is me, top is Travis Ry...
The two white dots (bottom is me, top is Travis Ry...
Looking up Assembly Line (5.9) at Kat A atop P3 an...
Looking up Assembly Line (5.9) at Kat A atop P3 an...
Climbing the approach pitch to Teacher's Lounge fo...
Climbing the approach pitch to Teacher's Lounge fo...
The finger crack start of Assemblyline.
The finger crack start of Assemblyline.
Starting the 2nd Pitch.
Starting the 2nd Pitch.
On the top of the second pitch right before a hail...
On the top of the second pitch right before a hail...
Crowds! Anders heading up the enduro section.
Crowds! Anders heading up the enduro section.
Miss you Ron.
Miss you Ron.

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By Brad Schildt
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 1, 2003

The route does continue to the summit, through some fun, small roofs. Easier climbing and a great way to summit.
By John Gunnels
From: Gillette, WY
Apr 8, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

One word says it all... CLASSIC...
By nolteboy
Aug 25, 2006

Hard to beat, esp. when combined with New Wave. Bang out the final pitch with a rope-stretcher on your 60m and you're on the top.
By Cameron Luth
Oct 16, 2006

This climb was intense. I climbed it 2 weekends ago, and let me tell you my calfs where pretty burnt after.
By tim naylor
Aug 29, 2007

Judd is a friend of mine and will probably be happy to hear of the good reports, I am trying to get him climbing again. His 13yr old son and 11yr old daughter are naturals.
By Dr. Evil
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 6, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

A lovely jamming experience on the first pitch, then easier but still fun upper pitches. Watch out for the attack of the killer swarming insects (termites?) on the summit.
By phatline
From: Burlingame, CA
Jun 6, 2009

Fingers at the start were the crux for me, but had good rests. The hands section was cruiser but certainly sustained.

We took the next pitch all the way to the top with 60m, and I thought this was way better climbing than Meadows finish (steeper, more exposed, and more solid).
By P.D.Williams
From: Lakewood
Oct 20, 2009
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

For crack climbing, it doesn't get any better than P2 on Assembly Line. We combined (simulclimbed) the bottom 2 pitches and did the last pitch in one push and topped out. 3 pitch climb. (Be careful to not overshoot the traverse to the belay station near the top of the main crack.) The $ pitch is sweet, but very strenuous and sustained.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 31, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Can be done in 3 pitches instead of 5. Nice to keep ahead of a log-jam at belays or to get up there before the heat/cold/storm/dark sets in:
P1 - combine P1/P2 with a 60M rope and 30' of 5.2 simulclimbing or use a 70M rope.
P2 - Do P3 but continue to just below the roof on P4, or with a 70M continue past that roof and belay
P3 - Head for the top of the tower.