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Deception Past 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Mark Roth on Feb 19, 2011
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Start in between the trees at a shallow, left-facing corner with a thin crack. The crux comes right off the ground (unless you cheat and use the trees). At a horizontal jug, things ease off for a while. As you follow the amazing little crack, the difficulty increases as the size of footholds decreases. After a short 5.9 section, jugs lead to the anchor. Rappel from here or continue up to meet the 2nd pitch of Fallen Angels. This is probably the most popular and recommended way to start Equinox.

Variation to start: 15 feet left of the start, you can follow a flake (loose and brittle) up into an undercling arching right to meet the main route above the crux. This way keeps the rating down to 5.9, but the gear is not ideal due to the fragile nature of the cracks.


Just right of Fallen Angels and left of Muddy Past, there is a beautiful crack in between two trees. This is it.


You don't really need anything bigger than a green (#0.75) C4. There is a 2 bolt anchor.

Photos of Deception Past Slideshow Add Photo
Dana getting it done.
Dana getting it done.
A TR up the variation.
A TR up the variation.
Kevin getting it done.
Kevin getting it done.
Deception Past.
Deception Past.
After the crux and having fun.
After the crux and having fun.
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By Jay Eggleston
From: Littleton
Aug 26, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

The crux is in the first 15' off the ground. Once you reach a large hold about 15' up, the hard part is over.