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The Graduate 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Randal Grandstaff, Jon Martinet, Scott Gordon, 1975
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Submitted By: John Wilder on May 14, 2004
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Finishing the fun and steep corner

Description 

Sitting just above Ragged Edges, the Graduate is probably the second most obvious climb in the area. A huge right facing corner with a beautiful streaked slab to its right and rough white rock to its left, the corner literally begs to be climbed.

Belay about 20' below the corner and head up across semi-easy 5th class terrain the base of the corner. Some tricky moves under a small roof lead to the corner proper. Follow the corner until a large roof is reached. From here, step left around the corner and climb up easy terrain to a two-bolt anchor.

A single rope rappel will bring you back to the base.


Protection 

Bring at least 2 #3 camalots or equivalent, but 3 would be better. Also bring a big cam for down low. Other than that, a couple of hand sized pieces should suffice.



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Starting up The Graduate, a sweet overhanging hand crack.
Starting up The Graduate, a sweet overhanging hand...
The Graduate
BETA PHOTO: The Graduate
Jake engaged in the overhanging crux of The Graduate.
Jake engaged in the overhanging crux of The Gradua...
Jonny on The Graduate. Photo by Gigi. 3/20/13
Jonny on The Graduate. Photo by Gigi. 3/20/13
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By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Apr 8, 2006

A couple of thoughts for the route-

1) consider belaying at the small ledge at the base of the dihedral instead of on the ground. A nice anchor with a green and yellow alien can be built and can give the leader a bit more confidence firing the start, which is tricky.

2) A large cam (5") is nice to have to start the route, although a 4" cam will do in a pinch. Without this piece, you'll be doing some tricky and spooky moves with no pro for a bit.

3) if there are a pair of carabiners on the quicklinks on the bolts at anchor, please leave them there or replace them with quicklinks- otherwise you risk catching your rope on the rappel.

By SexPanther aka Kiedis
Sep 13, 2011

New ASCA anchor on this one. The rock that the old anchor was drilled in was laughably hollow. Rusty bolts in onionskin, on a Red Rocks classic....pay attention to what you're clipping!

One comment that no one's posted is that the rock at the edge of the roof is heinously sharp-I wouldn't take a skinny rope on this one. Core shot a 10.5..

By PumpkinEater
From: Sacramento
Mar 9, 2013

Sweet route. Tons of smooth hand jams. If you're cragging in the area go do it.

By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Mar 31, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

Stellar climb! Great after work route, 3 #2 camalots would have been handy if I recall correctly, or maybe it was #3's...either way, stellar climb - go do it. Gets PM Shade.

By Andrew Yasso
Jan 14, 2014
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

An extra #3 would be the right piece - although with two of them it made it very casual. A third would be for the very faint hearted. Slightly more physical than I expected.