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Border Country 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b R

Type:  Trad, 12 pitches, 1800'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Jeremy Collins, Dana Drummond, Mikey Schaefer, 2009
New Route: Yes
Page Views: 3,451
Submitted By: Jer Collins on Jan 28, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: Route lines on right side of Middle Cathedral

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A wide open slab on the northwestern face of MC. Low angle to vertical corners and clean face on the lower half; steep and exposed on the upper half, following the path of least resistance on golden knobs and plates on impeccable rock.

70 bolts on 1800 feet of mostly face climbing. This route was established in memory of our friends Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, titled after Jonny's poem "Border Country", written a day before they perished on Mt Edgars hideous flanks.


Park beneath the notch, head straight up drainage. Start is left of a large gray corner with a single bush. Left of the start is a single pitch route with anchors. locate the first bolt of BC 30' up beneath a flaring seam/corner.


12 draws, cams- 1 each .33" to 2.5" Rap route on bolted anchors.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 9
Pitch 9
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo for Border Country.
BETA PHOTO: Topo for Border Country.
Rock Climbing Photo: Border Country base area
BETA PHOTO: Border Country base area

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By Will Copeland
From: Driggs
Jan 15, 2011

Great video. Hope to get on this route next summer.

By GregH
From: San Diego, CA
Aug 28, 2011

any update on this thing since the rockfall?
By JamesLucas
Apr 25, 2012

I went up there a few times. Pretty rad. Ben Ditto onsighted through the upper crux pitches but not to the summit. The 5.12 pitches are the best rock.
By hkennedy
Dec 27, 2014

Incredible climbing, great views and thoughtful climbing! A new classic 5.12 for the Valley. There is a hard hand-foot-match on the crux pitch for us tall folks. I am owe for two on this route because of this high-step! Thanks to Mikey, Mad Dog and Jeremy for such a great route!
By B.Steel
Mar 9, 2015

We did* this route this weekend (3/7/15) and it was amazing! (*did not do the last 5.9 pitch) Phenomenal climbing on some mostly good rock and sustained climbing with cool sequences on all 4 of the hard pitches.

Couple of notes on the climb that might make it easier if you go up there.

Pitch 6/7: This is the pitch off the big ledge and up to the "North Face Traverse" drawn on the topo. I say 6/7 because there is an intermediate anchor drawn on the topo and you could break this up into two pitches. Anyway, the topo shows two raps there (45M + 15M = 60M) but when we were climbing up and linking these, we had to simul a bit even with a 70M rope. And when rappelling it definitely was a 65M rappel (we linked them)

Pitches 9 and 10: (the 11+ pitches) Both of these show the anchors up and slightly right of the last bolts, but in both cases the anchors are more right than up (we didn't see them right away and almost climbed up too high)

Rappelling: All of the rap stations (except one that has chain) are webbing/rope with biners. So if you're super awesome you might bring some quicklinks and chain up there, or at least a knife and some new webbing/rope
By Vlad S
Oct 14, 2015

The route was a little tricky to identify from the base based on the description. There's a really good trail leading straight up to gunsight from the 4th pullout on the left after the huge Bridalveil/Elcap view pullout. Approach takes 20 min or so. When the trail ends at the base of the wall, go back right into the gulley and continue for another 200 ft. There's a large heavily featured area of rock that hosts a number of single-pitch bolted routes (maybe five-ish) just left of B.C. There's also another bolted route just right of it with an obvious anchor. The correct line takes you to the top of the large left-facing corner with THREE bushes in it and a big comfy ledge on top.

If it's not obvious, pitch 7 goes up to the bush on a ledge past 3 bolts (not 4). Pitch 8 has 6 bolts (not 5) and some very fragile features. Scary! A red C3 will help you dog up the crux, which is nails!

One of the best routes in the valley! Thanks Mickey, Jer and Dana for all the work!
By Mikey Schaefer
From: Terrebonne, OR
Oct 21, 2015
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b R

Sounds like people have been having a hard time finding the start now that there are a bunch of new bolted routes in the area.

BC starts down hill from the first 2 "big" boulders you come to in the gulley. The rock is dark and smooth where you want to start and leads into a decent sized left facing flake with a few bushes in it. see the photo below.

Rock Climbing Photo: Border Country base area
Border Country base area

Also heard people have been getting confused on the rappels due to new bolts/anchors. There is new set up and right of pitch 4 anchors that people are rapping to from the pitch 5 (u-shaped bowl anchor) instead of staying climbers left of the big corner/flake and going to the original anchor. Going to this new higher anchor works but makes the rappel to the top of pitch 3 nearly 60m and more of a swing.
By Vlad S
Oct 21, 2015

Mikey, do you know what those 4-5 new routes are to the left of B.C. in the foreground of your picture? Are they all just single pitch routes?
By Jeff Scheuerell
Oct 21, 2015

Thanks for the update Mikey! Hope your well.

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