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Noah's Ark 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 130'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Mike C. Robinson, Ryan Barber, (first known ascent) 11/5/11
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Submitted By: Ryan Barber on Nov 7, 2011

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Mike C. Robinson on First documented ascent

Description 

Pitch 1 (50 Feet): Start below the left hand side of the huge roof left of the head wall. Follow the crack up a right facing corner up to the base of the huge roof.

Pitch 2 (80 Feet): Traverse the arch at the base of the roof 50 feet right, then follow the right facing corner up another 30 feet to the large tree.



This route is one of the more obvious king lines when traversing the base of the cliff. At the top of the first pitch, we found a solitary rusty iron piton marking the only evidence of any history of technical climbing on the ledges. After talking to a middle aged local who had lived in the area his whole life and used to hang out around the ledges as a kid, he said that he has never known of any climbing activity on the ledges marking our suspicion that the pin could be a landmark of the 30's or 40's. Having not discovered any other signs of climbing activity, we are unable to tell if the nailer of the pin traversed the arch right as we did, walked the walkway left to access the upper left part of the wall, or merely bailed. This historical landmark adds a nice flavor and mystery to the Great Ledges as well as to the history of traditional climbing in New England.


Location 

Look for the huge roof to the left of the headwall, and follow the obvious line up and around it.


Protection 

standard rack (small to medium nuts and cams).



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Ryan Barber leading P2
Ryan Barber leading P2
view from Pin Belay
view from Pin Belay
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