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Susan Smith top roping Autumn
Climb up the tan and orange rock (perhaps the name comes from this?) in a corner formed by a very thick left-facing flake. The crux is somewhere around midway to the anchors and is hand-size dependent.
This route and it's neighbor, Rock Wars, are two of the nicest moderate Trad routes in the entire gorge. This climb was originally rated 5.8+ in the 1980's Martin Hackworth books, but was very strenuous and physical at the grade. Most climbers now refer to this as 5.9.
Walk right from the approach trail along the wall until you stand below a massive light-colored roof, a few hundred feet up. There is a large boulder under this, perhaps 15 meters back from the wall. A left-facing obtuse corner in orange/brown rock on the left has a hand-crack (Autumn) and a right-facing obtuse corner is on the right with a thinner crack and lighter rock (Rock Wars).
Gear to 3.5" with doubles in the hand sizes if you like to sew it up.
Cruising Autumn in August
another shot of autumn
Luke nearing the top of Autumn
Autumn Route, epic climb! good pro.
|By Nick Stayner|
From: The Magic City
Mar 17, 2008
Taking two #3 camalots might be worth the effort for some!
Jun 27, 2009
Do it like I did it. Only have a few trad leads to your name. Go to the Red in Mid-July. Hike up to Long Wall on a day when you are sure it will rain any minute- 100% humidity. Place all your hand sized gear early in the lead, run out of chalk. Dry the backs of your hands on your pants and gun it through the crux lucky to be alive. Lower as the rain dumps buckets, like it only can in Kentucky. Classic.
|By Ryan Justen|
From: St. Paul, MN
Jul 11, 2010
EXCELLENT CLIMB at this grade!!!
Make sure to wander to the right about 50ft and get Rock Wars 5.10a too!!!
From: Erlangen, Germany
Aug 17, 2010
@jhump That sounds about as epic as it gets on a one-pitch climb! I can't wait to try it!
|By Ryan Myers|
From: Tempe, Arizona
Aug 17, 2010
great climb.. ran out of gear.. had to place a #7 BD Hex sideways to protect above the overhanging crack.
|By Matt Glue|
From: Albany, NY
Oct 17, 2011
Great climb. I would consider pretty runout without doubles in #2 and/or #3
|By Matt Baer|
Apr 14, 2012
Great Climb! I only top roped it and the offwidth was tough, really fun though! One of the best climbs of my trip.