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Piece of Cake 

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

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Ian Harmon on May 22, 2006

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Leading Piece of Cake, Summer 2011


This is a fairly sustained climb for the first two-thirds and then the climbing eases up a bit and the crack widens. This route protects very well over its entire length. Closed for a number of years because the rock is slowing migrating outward. This may have made the route harder. It certainly felt more like a 5.8 than a 5.7 to me, but this could just be because of its sustained nature. Re-opened as of Fall 2005.

  • RCM&W #42, p.165.


Piece of Cake is the prominent crack on the right side of the large rectangular block first visible upon entering the Minnesota strip.


Nuts, Cams, Hexes. The bottom takes medium sized stuff (large nuts to small hexes). The top takes larger stuff. Standard top rope setup with extra webbing (60 ft should more than cover it.) The rock is somewhat broken toward the edge of the cliff and the best placements are a ways back from the top of the cliff.

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Brad approaching the top of Piece of Cake, with the St.Croix in the background.
Brad approaching the top of Piece of Cake, with th...
I chose to traverse left, avoiding the wider crack at the top.
I chose to traverse left, avoiding the wider crack...
andrew on lead <br />Photo:Taylor Krosbakken
andrew on lead
Photo:Taylor Krosbakken
Connecting Piece of Pie and Piece of Cake to get a piece of something... <br />Fun delicate traverse.
Connecting Piece of Pie and Piece of Cake to get a...
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By 1Eric Rhicard
May 29, 2008

Caught my first leader fall on this route in 1976. A finger sized stopper and my hip belay was all that was between my partner's good health and the ground. It was also one of my first leads.

By Chase Roskos
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 24, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Again, this climb is a locally a 5.7, but would be 5.8 pretty much everywhere else.

By Micah89
Sep 16, 2013

Great warm up route or route for the whole family to climb. Long and continuous but not difficult.