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Roaches on the Wall 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: FA--Jerry Hoover and Bob Bushart, 9/79 FFA--Rick Fleming, 5/80
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Submitted By: Chris Duca on Jul 9, 2007

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Roaches, Pitchoff, ADK.


Roaches is a Pitchoff must, as well as a bonafide Adirondack classic.

In the 90 feet of climbing offered here, you'll find a sporty right to left traverse into a brief crimpy face climbing section past a small piece of gear and a bolt. Next, a surprisingly easy roof is thrown at you capped with a striking finger crack crux that leads to the fun exit moves through a series of slopey cracks.

This route is a safe way to break into Adirondack 5.10s, and it is just plain fun to climb again, and again, get the point!


From the approach trail, head directly straight up to the cliff aiming for a small terrace on the left side.

The route starts atop this terrace about 8 feet to the right of the low bolt at some not-so obvious face holds.


1 Bolt and a standard rack to a yellow Camalot.

Chain anchors at the top.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Roaches, Pitchoff, ADK.
Roaches, Pitchoff, ADK.
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Crux of Roaches.
Rock Climbing Photo: Roaches, Pitchoff, ADK.
Roaches, Pitchoff, ADK.

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By Greg Kuchyt
From: Richmond, VT
Aug 3, 2010
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

I agree that this is a safe route to break into 5.10 on. The crux is high enough for there to be a lot of room for a fall, on pretty vertical terrain, and well protected (I found micro-cams helpful). As well, the crux is short-lived.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Jan 16, 2014

This is old-school 5.10; it ain't no weenie Red Rocks clip-up.
By Dom R
From: Estes Park, Colorado
Apr 19, 2015

Trying to on-sight the crux of this is sort of like accidentally sticking your hand in a bees nest. At first you're a little surprised, then you get nervous, and then you have to make the decision to move out ... or run around getting stung. That being said, there is a pot of honey at the top and it's worth a few stings. Very well protected though, fell once off the crux with gear near my feet and, with a nice soft catch, experienced nothing more than a few butterflies.
By JonP756
From: Mahwah, NJ
Jun 25, 2015
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

This climb is a sandbag as an onsight espppppecially if you have bigger fingers! Once you figure out the moves, 5.10b sounds semi appropriate. Legend has it that Russ Raffa flailed on this thing on his onsight attempt! This one is about a G rated as it gets though! Direct start goes at basically unprotected 5.11b/c!
By rocknice2
From: Montreal, Quebec
Jul 5, 2015
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13

Definitely not a safe way to break into 5.10
The start has a finger traverse without any real feet for about 20'. The only stance along the horizontal crack from which you can protect from is once your directly under the bolt. At least there are some large boulders to land on. 😡
After that the climb is G rated.
By Mrkb3
May 24, 2016

One of the more Classic classics I've ever done. Highly recommended.

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