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Post Moderate 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 165'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Rick Bradshaw, Ken Kisiel, Scott Beguin, and Dennis Newell, 11/2000
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Submitted By: Anthony Stout on Feb 13, 2006

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Area Classic, the best moderate at Diablo. Start at the post (circled on detailed area map) and enjoy (~165 feet).

To find this route, look for the trail that goes along the base of the cliff and follow it until you find a wooden post at the base of the cliff, the route follows the bolts directly up from this bolt.


17 bolts to cold shuts.

The descent can be done in two rappels with one 60m rope by using the rap anchors on Highly Caffienated for the second rappel. Faster and more comfortable to drag a second rope and rappel from the top.


The descent can be done in two rappels with one 60m rope by using the rap anchors on Highly Caffienated for the second rappel. It's faster and more comfortable to drag a second rope and rappel with two ropes from the top.

Lowering from the top with a single 80m rope will leave the climber roughly 10 feet off the ground with some required downclimbing to get down safely. Tie a knot in the end of the rope if doing this.

Lowering from the top with a single 90m works. :)

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Kid crushers! Onsighting Post Moderate
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Nice sunny rock on a cool autumn morning Darryl St...
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Easy start of post moderate.
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Kids getting lowered down Post Moderate after a su...
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Sue on "Post Moderate".
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Amy near the top of Post Moderate. Photo by Aaron ...
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Amy on Post Moderate, smiling because it feels won...
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Mike on Post Moderate.

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By Larry Earley
From: Los Alamos, NM
Oct 8, 2006
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Great climb for the grade. A full rope pitch of sustained 5.8 all the way with plenty of bolts for those that need it. A few 9 moves near top.
By Jason Hundhausen
From: Bozeman, MT
Dec 3, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

So glad to have finally climbed Post Moderate, and I have to say, it lives up to it's reputation as one of the best easier climbs around. Having not climbed for 3 months, I found my endurance on this route to be the issue, not the moves. Certainly a must-do!
By Scott Beguin
From: Los Alamos, NM
Feb 3, 2008

The FA party also included Scott Beguin and Dennis Newell.
By Karl Kiser
Apr 2, 2008

We placed an anchor high directly above the dihedral which starts this climb (you can see it from the approach and right). And we didn't continue because we hadn't cleaned the large block which Post Moderate skirts on the left. This is another instance of groups working on the same piece of rock at about the same time.
By Dave Wachter
Jul 30, 2009

  • *** Be VERY CAREFUL of the big fractured blocks heading for the mid-anchor (just beneath and to the right of the anchor).***
Looks like they're about ready to dislodge, and they're the obvious thing for an inexperienced climber to grab onto. Could easily kill somebody on the ground.
By Bezoar
From: Santa Fe, NM
Jun 30, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I agree with Dave re: the potential rockfall.

Aesthetically, my favourite local climb, & per Jason's comment: a great warmup.

Because of it's length, this is a great training route to teach passing a knot, belaying from the anchors, managing multiple ropes, etc. prior to taking someone on multi-pitch.
By Ken Jones
From: Grants, NM
Sep 3, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Climbed the route a few weeks ago. Great long moderate sport route. Camped at the parking lot but had to leave because of a rowdy party that started after midnight. Felt like trouble in the making. We won't be camping there again.
By Ben McComb
Oct 7, 2014

The Shuts at the top are starting to get sharp. Bring a trio of bail carabiners and some shoulder length slings if you plan to do a multi-pitch rap down. Current as of 7 Oct 2014
By nealg
Oct 20, 2014

Climbed route on 10/18.

  • warning* - anchors are not just sharp. they are more than 50% worn through and very dangerous. One of the bolts is loose and not flush with rock. This anchor needs replacing!

I would not lower or rap from the two bolts again until replaced.
By Chris Walden
From: Soldotna, Alaska
Jun 30, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Loved this route!!! Really sustained 5.9 with sick moves. We climbed this route on 5.23.15 and I also inspected the anchors at the top.

CHOSS: Careful even though this route is climbed a lot there are still loose rocks.

ANCHORS: While the anchors look relatively new, they are stainless, slightly worn but wasn't concerned about that. The right anchor was solid in the rock, the left anchor was a spinner but I couldn't tighten the bolt. I also seem to remember rock fractures radiating from left bolt??? I was VERY careful on the rap, slow & no bounce.
By Bryan T
From: Albuquerque, NM
Sep 20, 2015

Climbed 20-Sept-2015 and the anchors are worn but by no means what I would call scary. Like Jason mentioned earlier, the anchors are only getting wear when people are pulling their rope and are probably the originals and therefore doing good. I didn't feel they were sharp either and I tend to be very mindful about safety. The left anchor is worn and maybe 50% but there is phenomenon where the wearing of the anchor actually makes the the anchor *stronger* as it causes the load to ride the spine of the anchor and not try to pull the shut open (BD did this testing)(not saying that is happening here, but possible.). Also those springers are super thick so the translation to biner wear would be something like 33%. The left one spins but it's the shut that spins, not the bolt.....big difference (especially since you aren't climbing above the shut). As for the spinning and the 2-3mm bolt protrusion... welcome to concrete anchors, sometimes the hole isn't drilled deep enough, sometimes you hammer the bolt in and that's just as far as it goes. It still is embedded in rock and probably preforming almost 100%, most of the load beside the initial start of the rap is all static shear. Which brings me to my next point. People.....when you are giving information in these posts be as specific as possible. "The anchor is worn through 50%." OK what part? Is there chains? is it the quick link? I understand the description says cold shuts (which they aren't, they are open shuts with springer gates or "springers", cold shuts are bent all the way closed.). I have seen plenty of cold shuts that then have a quick link with a chain on them so it can be easy to assume that there might be more to the anchor. As for the rock fractures, there was none coming from the anchor site that I could see; That particular piece of rock is rather solid and not chossy. There is a hairline crack running between the anchors but nothing that looks serious (to me) due to the embedded nature of the rock the anchor is in.

Anyway, All is good (to me), yes the anchors are worn but not to the point of what I would worry about. If you think you might be worried bring some ovals or a larger quicklink you can leave behind and run your rope through them. (You carry this stuff with you already right?). If someone wants to replace this anchor I will buy the hardware. Which is the last point......Why are there springers on this route? Seems like a bizarre waste of some expensive hardware.
By Andrew Christian
Jul 19, 2016
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

As of summer 2016, the shuts at the top are worn but will hold. Both are spinning now... Why this is not a bolts/chains/steel carabiner combo - as Hellboy is 10' to the right of it - I cannot tell. Ought to be replaced, especially on such a killer/popular route (I'd chip in).

Also, personally I think the name of this route needs a comma: "Post, Moderate" (a la "White, Discussion")...

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