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North Country 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Charley Jones, Victor Marcus, Jim Orey, C Stanborough, 1975
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Submitted By: John Robinson on Sep 27, 2010

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The first pitch is interesting and a bit of an adventure, the second pitch can be done without doing the first pitch as described in the location section herein. This pitch is excellent hand and finger jams and takes gear well with a couple of fixed pieces also. I know nothing about the 3rd pitch or beyond.


This route and others (second pitch of North Face, Absolutely Brilliant, a 5.9 unnamed OW (just right of North Face), and Wall Flower) Start in (or Near) an alcove (Wide flat bench) at the base of the second pitch of North Face. To get to this alcove you can go up Stem Mister then continue up on easier terrain or do the first pitch of North Face. This is a great place to spend the day climbing away from the public. You might even mow the lawn that is there. To access Absolutely Brilliant, North country and Dragon Back you will need to 3rd class down and right from the alcove approx 40' and then up an easy section to a bushy ledge that you can traverse along. For information on accessing this climb see Beta picture herein.


2 (I think) pieces of fixed gear and pro to approx 3". The second pitch has 3 fixed pins and a bolt. You will need a standard rack up to 2 inches for the second pitch

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By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Jun 4, 2012

The third pitch of this route takes the prominent vertical crack on the headwall and goes straight up. The crack thins down and you go past a couple good pins before trending up and right on dikes past a bolt to a belay. Great pitch.
By TradladReno
From: South Lake Tahoe, Ca
Jun 3, 2015
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

So Caughtinside describes a third pitch, which my partner and I found to be identical to our second pitch. This is one hell of an adventurous route, accompanied with huge loose blocks, obscure route beta, mossy cracks, lichen-covered smears, loose holds, stout mantels to incredibly bushy ledges, creative route-finding, and one hell of a long "third" pitch. Go try it if you're down for adventure. Stellar route. The only piece of advice that I will pitch forth is this: Don't try to do it in three pitches, four is more realistic, and five would give you a great warm-fuzzy. I was crippled by rope drag on the last pitch.
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