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Congratulations 

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

   
Type:  Trad, TR
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: John Gill
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Submitted By: Anonymous on Apr 4, 2002

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Description 

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.


Protection 

Congratulations is a very popular 5.10 lead. The beginning (crux) takes small nuts and TCUs very well.



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Photo by Andrew Burr.
Photo by Andrew Burr.
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Andrew Burr pic from Climbing Magazine March 2011.
Andrew Burr pic from Climbing Magazine March 2011.
barefoot solo
barefoot solo
Barefoot lead with knotted sling for pro instead of stopper,leaves no scars in crack.Steve S.
Barefoot lead with knotted sling for pro instead o...
Gretchen
Gretchen
This line is perfect. I saw the chalked seam and dropped my pack. I hope this panoramic expresses my inspiration.
This line is perfect. I saw the chalked seam and d...
BH solo on the Gill Classic, Congratulations.
BH solo on the Gill Classic, Congratulations.
After the "hard" stuff.
After the "hard" stuff.
Just before the crux
Just before the crux
The old boy can pull down some rock
The old boy can pull down some rock
Matt Kuehl jumps on the sharp end for this beast.
Matt Kuehl jumps on the sharp end for this beast.
Lissette on Congratulations Crack, first day on real rocks.
Lissette on Congratulations Crack, first day on re...
Congratulations follows the obvious finger crack
BETA PHOTO: Congratulations follows the obvious finger crack
Another 'old guy' pulling up on Congratulations Crack.
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 drugs and alchol.

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: madison, wisconsin
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
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.