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Congratulations 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Trad, TR, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: John Gill (reportedly onsight solo in the late 50's)
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Submitted By: James M Schroeder on Apr 4, 2002

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BH solo on the Gill Classic, Congratulations.

Description 

Congrats is a classic among classics. A striking 5.10 finger crack positioned at the crossroads of climbing on The East - it is the 5.10 to climb at The Lake. Congrats is considered by many to be the bar for 5.10 at Devil's Lake - climb it on TR and you are a 5.10 top-roper, lead it and you are a 5.10 leader. You might get lucky on the likes of Mouse's Misery or Callipigeanous Crack, but Congrats earns every bit of its 5.10 rating and so do you...if you send. It's also a great place to see and be seen, since just about every climber on the The East will walk past it (probably at least twice) during the day. Time your send right, and you might draw a hearty "Congrats!" and the offer of a beer from some grizzled local in the overflow lot at the base of the CCC later. But that sword cuts the other way as well - your wobbler-filled flail sesh will not escape the eyes of the masses either. In the end, Congrats should not be missed by anyone.

Location 

Just to the left of where the CCC trail runs into the point of Pedestal Buttress.

Protection 

With a hard-to-protect low crux, and only an average landing, Congrats is a heads up lead. Probably not quite PG13, but approaching it. Small stoppers, TCUs and small cams should see you through the crux, higher up many choices are available up to a #3 C4.


Photos of Congratulations Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Andrew Burr.
Photo by Andrew Burr.
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Rock Climbing Photo: barefoot solo
barefoot solo
Rock Climbing Photo: Flunky OS.
Flunky OS.
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew Burr pic from Climbing Magazine March 2011.
Andrew Burr pic from Climbing Magazine March 2011.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gretchen
Gretchen
Rock Climbing Photo: Barefoot lead with knotted sling for pro instead o...
Barefoot lead with knotted sling for pro instead o...
Rock Climbing Photo: After the "hard" stuff.
After the "hard" stuff.
Rock Climbing Photo: This line is perfect. I saw the chalked seam and d...
This line is perfect. I saw the chalked seam and d...
Rock Climbing Photo: Just before the crux
Just before the crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Congratulations follows the obvious finger crack
BETA PHOTO: Congratulations follows the obvious finger crack
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Kuehl jumps on the sharp end for this beast.
Matt Kuehl jumps on the sharp end for this beast.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lissette on Congratulations Crack, first day on re...
Lissette on Congratulations Crack, first day on re...
Rock Climbing Photo: The old boy can pull down some rock
The old boy can pull down some rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Another 'old guy' pulling up on Congratulations Cr...
Another 'old guy' pulling up on Congratulations Cr...

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 24, 2002

Definitely wathc out for this one on a hot and humid day. The crux is hard & low, so if leading, be solid, but lead it!
By Steve Sangdahl
From: eldo sprngs,co
Feb 16, 2003

the F.A. was in 1958-59
By Steve Sangdahl
From: eldo sprngs,co
Apr 3, 2005

this is the one where pete was telling us that nuts leave scars in the cracks and that the climb was much easier now due to the passage of many climbers.that all the climbs were much easier then when he did them...elmer fudd like.

the pic is of myself soloing a much easier congrats in barefeet and all crazed on.....
By BIATHLON
From: Duluth Mn
Aug 23, 2008
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Not sure whether it was that it was humid or I am just weak but the crux felt much harder then any any other 10a I've ever done.
By John W. Knoernschild
From: Wisconsin
Jun 29, 2009
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

I was watching a climber lead this yesterday, he was looking shaky in the crux, then he fell and decked. He took a short break, shook it off, and got right back on the sharp end to finish it up. Nice work dude!
By Tradoholic
Jul 13, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This is the scene of many deckings, crux is low and feet are sketchy.
By John W. Knoernschild
From: Wisconsin
Jan 27, 2010
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

BIATHLON, don't worry. This thing is much harder than 5.10a
By BIATHLON
From: Duluth Mn
Jan 28, 2010
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Thanks for the ego boost.
By Josh Olson
From: Durango, CO
Sep 6, 2011

Holy bejeezus, such a good route. Fell a bunch, but eventually got up the route. Good lead, even if it isn't 10a.
By James M Schroeder
Administrator
From: Sauk County, WI
Jun 27, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I'd say Congrats deserves a split rating based on the humidity level. On a cool, crisp fall day this route feels easier than other 5.10a routes in the park. On a hot, humid, mid-summer day...well...it's just better for the ego to go somewhere else.

Either way, it's a stellar route, and worthy of every climbers attention. Whether you're a beginner trying to top rope your first 5.10, a bona fide hardman trying to do Astro Boy or anywhere in between; you will enjoy this thing.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jun 26, 2015

John Gill was rad. Light years ahead of his time.
By Joel Allen
From: La Crosse
Oct 26, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Don't try to lieback the crux. If you find the good finger locks it's really solid and much less straining.

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