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Proctor Silex 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Jason Kahn and Joe Bridges 1987
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Submitted By: Ross Fadely on Jan 11, 2008
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Good climbing with a nice crux and heady section up to it, that seems to always be free!

P1- Climb the short corner to the mini ledge. Step left until directly below a shallow right-facing corner under the roof. Climb this balancy section at 5.7R straight up the the little corner. Surmount the overhang and head slightly right up to a lichened, bulging face, left of the obvious crack.


15 feet up and right from Proctoscope's wide crack, atop a boulder pile just below a left-facing corner with a crack in it.


Standard rack to 2"

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By Tim Schafstall
From: Newark, DE
Apr 24, 2008

Don't stop after P1. You can extend the climb very nicely by finishing on P3 (5.7- PG) of Silhouette.

By gblauer
From: Wayne, PA
May 8, 2012

Not my favorite climb, nothing great from bottom to top.

By David Stowe
May 9, 2012

Really good pitch! It has a bit of everything, especially if you stay in the corner at the start and not cheat out onto the face to make it much easier. You start with a tough 5.9 corner with small gear. Then a fun runout 5.7/5/8 face. A well protected stout 5.9 overhang at mid height and then some more fun runout 5.7 before the nice steep finish. What's not to like?

Definitely the 5.9 lead for the solid 5.10 leader. I would not recommend this route to those starting out 5.9.

By Dana Bartlett
From: CT
Nov 15, 2012

I agree with David. Clean, steep, and some very engaging sections of climbing. The run-out section is close enough in difficulty to the difficulty of the crux that you should be a confident 5.9 leader before trying this.