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Between the main area and the Nautilus lies the Holdout, the closest a formation at Vedauwoo gets to rectangular. Although this formation has fewer routes than the Main Area or the Nautilus the high concentration of classic lines make for a mandatory visit. Mostly traditional lines, although a few high grade sport and mixed routes can be found. Classics include Arch Stanton (5.11d) on the SE side (lots of sun side) to Oslund's Delight (5.8), Currey's Diagnol (5.10b), Eleven Cent Moon (5.11d), Silver Surfer (5.9), Pipeline (5.12a) and the incomparable Beefeater (5.10b) on the NW side (late day sun).
Easiest approach is via the campground. One can park at the lot outside the main area and walk into the park and through the campground finding trails that lead to the extreme southern end of the Holdout, continue down and left to the NW face, or up and right to reach the SE face.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Holdout:
Existential Dilemma 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Narrow and Ugly 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Oslund's Delight 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad
Silver Surfer 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
19th Nervous Breakdown 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Currey's Diagonal 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch
Beefeater 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches
Wide and Ugly 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch
Flaming Blue Jesus to Mandala 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Arch Stanton 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Eleven Cent Moon 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch
Reading Raymond Chandler 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Pipeline 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
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Beefeater 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b WY : Vedauwoo : Holdout
One of those love it or hate it lines, certainly love until you fall off. An interesting 'approach' pitch starts at the right side of the NW face. Climb up some face holds before reaching a right-facing dihedral capped by a significant roof. Climb under this roof, tougher perhaps for the tall and lank as the decent feet are only 2 feet below the handjams, to the right and around the corner (5.9), belay above the roof back to the left on a spacious ledge. Now, the serious fun begins. Climb the h...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
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