Congrats, as it is on the corner of Pedestel Buttress, is the first crack one encounters when hiking to the East Rampart. It is the beautiful finger crack. In the summer, the chalk overload and the humidity can make the finger jams slicker than snot, but if you catch it in the spring or fall, you will be in crack climbing heaven.
Congratulations is a very popular 5.10 lead. The beginning (crux) takes small nuts and TCUs very well.
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 drugs and alchol.
By BIATHLON From: Duluth Mn Aug 23, 2008 rating: 5.10c6b20VII20E2 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.
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: 5.10a6a18VI+18E1 5a
This is the scene of many deckings, crux is low and feet are sketchy.
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.