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Girls Prefer Batteries 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: 7/17/04 Jean Goldsborough,Ellen Moran and Carol Orth
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Submitted By: joshua corbett on Oct 11, 2010

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Annie pointing to the first bolt as she leads up P...


Up to the first bolt is the crux,climbing on smooth slab up to a large pot hole(several feet deep)then straight up to a two bolt anchor. The top pitch is very dirty.


20 feet left of Four Holes and Gawking, and about 15 ft left of the 18-inch diameter yellow birch, at a brushed section of slab.


First pitch: 2 bolts (not 3,corrected, 2016) then a two bolt anchor

second pitch: cams in the flake.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Start of "Girls Prefer Batteries"
BETA PHOTO: Start of "Girls Prefer Batteries"

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By Bob A
Jul 26, 2014

There are only two bolts on this pitch.
I agree crux is getting to first bolt then cam on the right then second bolt above the pothole then anchor.I did not see a third bolt.
By JeanGClimbs
From: Reading, VT
Aug 3, 2015

Agreed, there are not 3 bolts on the pitch. There are 2 bolts as Bob A describes, but I am not sure the 2nd bolt (near the pothole with a sapling/bush growing out of it) was placed by the first ascent party. I recall we each placed one bolt. Ellen placed the low one, I placed one to make the 2 bolt anchor out of a bolt that I think as on the line of Cover Girl and I can't remember where Carol's bolt was. I climbed the route this past weekend (after 11 years!) and I think that second bolt is not one we placed as it looks older and smaller (both the hanger and bolt). Maybe the "3rd bolt" was on pitch 2 - I didn't climb the second pitch to know for sure. Either way, it was fun to be back at Lost Ledge and revisit all the climbs. I've added a photo for recent reference.
By Robert Hall
Jun 5, 2016
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Yes, the 2nd bolt by the HUGE pothole is a 5/16" SS bolt, probably placed when the climb "Cover Girl" was accidentally bolted. Cover Girl crosses "Girls Prefer Batteries" at about the pothole.

IMO, Crux is the first 5-10 feet!

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