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Post Road (aka Black Route) 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: John Post, et al.,1952
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Submitted By: Jason Stone on Nov 15, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: There is a short slab at the start of this route (...


Look for a large chockstone/roof to the right of Intertwine. Climb the open book below the chockstone/roof. The vertical crack leading to the roof looks like an ideal place for a cam, but it's not. The crack will eat your cam and or it will be a pain to remove. At the stance beneath the roof, place a #3 Camalot in the horizontal crack and a #1 Camalot in the right hand portion of the same crack. When you begin to climb into the offwith, there will be a nice hold for your left hand above your head. Use this hold to get yourself in a nice position to begin lay backing the crux. Continue lay backing until you can get yourself in the offwith.

You can either top out to the right or rappel from the chained anchor used on Intertwine.

Note: When climbing through the crux, make sure you keep the rope between your legs in the event you fall.


This is located to the right of Intertwine on the main face.


1 set of stoppers
1 #1 Camalot
1 #3 Camalot
2 quickdraws
3 2 foot slings.

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By javd
From: East Brookfield MA
Jul 31, 2014

Fun lead that protects well. Pulling over the roof is the crux.... Just comit and go.
By Russ Keane
Aug 18, 2014

This is a great climb. I was pleasantly surprised.

A good lead for the 5.7 leader. Give a a try - it's well-protected and super fun. Lots of holds/feet, but it's a little intimidating and tricky.

Well-rated at 5.7.
By Robert Hall
Oct 28, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

According to Sam Streibert's 1975 guide, the FA for this route was by John Post and others in 1952. It was well-traveled by the Lowell Tech Outing club during the late 1960s, when we called it the "Black Route" (see the comment under Green Route).

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