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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Big Bert on Dec 16, 2012

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Amazing route that beings with arching finger crack to ledge with tree and chimney. I figure the name Copout comes from "coping" out right at the ledge w/ tree and then stemming up chimney. For added excitement and full value of the route disregard chimney copout and move up slabby midsection past old iron piton. This is a great route and a must do if in the area!


To get down use webbing around tree attached to rap rings.


#.75, #1(2), #3, and whatever else makes you feel comfortable

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By bernard
From: birmingham, al
Apr 27, 2013

Great route....another Steele classic. Long.....sling anchors on tree on the right side of the crack as you top out. You can also build an anchor in various places along the top.

The piton-protected slab mentioned in the description is actually a variation where the climber would stay on the face entirely....and this variation is probably PG13/R. The original route follows the crack system.

Can range from prohibitively wet to just damp/mushy at the bottom, depending on season. This is something like a 90'-100' route so from the tree anchor, a 165' rope won't get you to the bottom. Walk off to the left using the old Grahams Crack area approach trail.

Tip: save a large-ish cam(s) for the wide crack transition beginning after completing the route's beginning, diagonal crack.

As of APR 2013, a large tree has fallen in the immediate vicinity of the route but does not interfere

Take a decent size rack.....it's a long route
By Ralph Copp III
Jan 21, 2014

I believe that me and Bill Beardley were the first to climb this route in the fall of 1975. I took 3 fall on the lower section the longest being a 30 footer. I is called copout because my last name is Copp.
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