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Construction Job 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

Type: Trad, 3 pitches, 400', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Rich Gottlieb, Tom McMillan (1977)
Season: Spring and Fall
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Submitted By: Joe Forrester on Apr 2, 2007
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    P1- An easy dihedral leads up to two or three ledges. Pick the highest if you want to do the route in 3 pitches.
    P2-Stemming in a right facing corner leads to a lieback. Now, power through the roofs above. You will want some TCU's for this pitch. You can keep going through the last roof or belay on a nice ledge on the left.
    P3- Gun it to the top.


    Go down the descent gully and take a left. Follow the wall around for awhile until you get to a huge right facing dihedral. There will be a crack to the right with a dead pine about 100 ft. up. Construction Job starts on the next major crack system over. There will be some bushes in the crack down low.


    Nothing larger than a #3 camalot. Lots of TCU's nice.

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    By EverydayExplorer
    Apr 5, 2009

    This is full value and is sustained 5.9 climbing. If you only want to climb the last pitch you can rap down from the bivy cave and traverse over on a ledge system. I haven't done it but two dudes climbed The Golden Rule that way. I have lots of pics on my trip report here OnTheSharpEnd.com - Construction Job

    By mbuntaine
    From: Durham, NC
    Nov 9, 2009
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

    Amazing climb! More technical and committing than Dopey Duck, with full exposure throughout. Not to be missed.

    It is possible to climb this route in two mega-pitches. P1: climb the right facing dihedral & angle right to an arete. Climb to the highest ledge just before the orange streak begins (60m). P2: climb past the crux move under the large flake, angle right towards an arete and pull a few roofs up to a slot that leads to trees ledge (45m). Easy scramble off above.

    By Mike Holley
    From: Boone, NC
    Oct 10, 2011

    Fantastic Route!!! Everything is there, but the roofs can take it out of you if you hang around too long. Place pro and climb on!! Did this climb in two massive pitches however I don't think I would recommend it because of rope drag.

    Make sure to watch out for loose rock, found a couple big ones teetering on the edge while I was up there!

    By sanz
    From: Raleigh, NC
    Nov 5, 2012

    Top shelf climb. Highly recommend the two-pitch method - this makes the money pitch about 150 feet long and too much fun! We didn't have any issues with drag.

    By Neil Rankin
    From: Greensboro, NC
    Apr 22, 2013
    rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

    A little tougher than Straight and Narrow.

    By Stuart Parker
    From: asheville NC
    Feb 9, 2014
    rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

    I agree, felt harder than straight and narrow. Be prepared for typical shortoff headgames, gear puzzles and sandbagging!