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Land of The Giants 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Jeff Greunberg and Scott Franklin, 1985
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Submitted By: Benjaminadk on Oct 10, 2012

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I tried to warm up on Gelsa and instead of traversing left at a piton 20' up, I went straight up. The initial moves up are a bit bouldery and then it settles into nice thin crack and face climbing to a small left facing corner. Climb the corner and step right to bolted anchors. It turned out that this pitch was really nice. I found it very exciting when I was expecting 5.4.

This ONLY describes pitch one. The upper pitches are 10a/b and not recommended in the guidebook.


Start as for Gelsa.

I lowered with a 70m. I do not know if a 60m would make it.


Gear is good. There is lots of gear in the fingers range, and a couple of pitons. There is a bolt anchor at the top.

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By Curt Dvonch
Sep 8, 2013
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

There is a big move to get past the thin crack above the piton. The lack of feet makes it difficult for anyone under 6' tall. Those 6' and taller will still find it spicy.
By kenr
May 29, 2014

Climbed it yesterday, enjoyed it.
I'm much less than 6 feet tall, and just above the old piton did seem like the hardest move. But I did not find it to be a "big" move -- rather it took some clever footwork and balance. I'm sure that there's some human body height+reach below which the move is much harder, but I don't think 6 feet tall is where the divider comes.
By gblauer
From: Wayne, PA
Aug 24, 2014

I am 5'2" and lead this today. I think if you try and climb the flake there would be a BIG move. If you traverse right at the bottom of the flake and climb the face, there are plenty of holds all reasonably spaced. I enjoyed the moves up the corner above, look around and you can find a really easy way to ascend that corner. Anchor is up above and way to the right.

Climbed on doubles, 60M. Made it back to the ground with rope to spare.
By Dom R
From: Estes Park, Colorado
Nov 24, 2014

Really cool climbing in the corner up high. Kind of thuggish at the crack, i.e., poor feet with good hands. If only the roofs above were safer, it would make for another classic.

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