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Poland Hill 

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Poland Hill is all trad with the exception of a couple of bolted lines. The majority of routes are in the 5.6-5.10a range, with lots of 5.9s. The climbing is mostly south facing and sunny. There are rap anchors for decent on both the Southeast side and on the Rat Brain. Tape usage is advised. Must do routes include Kim 5.6 and Skull 5.10a.

Getting There 

After exiting I-80 to the North, following the signs to Vedauwoo Road, you cross a cattle guard. The turn off to Poland Hill is the very first left you can make after the cattle guard. This should be road 700G. Take this road as far as you can to a nice little rustic parking area that makes a rather nice picnic area. Then proceed to undertake a typical Vedauwoo approach. Point your nose in the direction of the rock you want and start walking. Poland Hill sits out all alone and the Rat Brain is a pretty unmistakable feature. The arching crack on the Rat Brain is Kim. Go say "Hello" to Kim.

27 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Poland Hill:
Soul of a Poet   V5 6C     Boulder, 16'   
Cumulus   V11-12 8A+     Boulder, 15'   
Kim   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Sugar Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches   
Stem Christie   5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Underachiever    5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Petit Crapon   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Boulder Hopper   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Overload   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Fantasia   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Ape Walk   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Tanfasia   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Skull   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Orbital Ridge   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Piece of Dirt   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Remote Control   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Rick Sanders just getting to the easier section in the middle of the climb.

Fantasia 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill
On the Rat Brain next to Kim is a proud fatty. This has got to be one of the hardest 9s I've ever seen. Sustained with a tricky pod fairly low that is hard to get gear into(I wish Wild Country made a #7 Friend), but it is possible to toprope if you want practice suffering....[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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Keen Butterworth climbing Piece of Dirt (5.11-).
Keen Butterworth climbing Piece of Dirt (5.11-).
Liz stands on top of the Rat Brain on Poland Hill on a breezy April day.
Liz stands on top of the Rat Brain on Poland Hill ...
Poland Hill - SE Side and The Rat Brain.
BETA PHOTO: Poland Hill - SE Side and The Rat Brain.
Climbers on Little Old Crack (L) and Kim (R). Southwest Friction is between in the orange section of rock.
BETA PHOTO: Climbers on Little Old Crack (L) and Kim (R). Sout...
Morning hike to Poland Hill.
Morning hike to Poland Hill.
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By Aaron Shupp
Apr 8, 2002

My friend from Ft. Collins likes to chalk his face, back, and chest before tackling any of the offwidths here (I certainly don't).

By Chris Chaney
From: Arvada, Colorado
Jun 20, 2010

For someone looking for easier routes Kim, SW Friction and Little Old Crack are a nice concentration of lines in a great setting. You may have to share....