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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'
Consensus:  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 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.

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Mike on Post Moderate.
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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...
Easy start of post moderate.
Easy start of 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.
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