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The Little People 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Ed Esmond
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Submitted By: Dom on Mar 30, 2008

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Transitioning over to the face.


This climb starts on the arÍte of a huge boulder for 3 bolts than transfers to the cliff for the remaining bolts. I found the route had 3 distinctive crux. From layback to a slab mantel this route is sure to give you food for thought.


It's just left of the route Tang on the right side of the crag.


11 bolts if I remember well

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Working up the Arete
Working up the Arete
Jenny Chin on the top part.
Jenny Chin on the top part.

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By Franz Buzawa
Aug 14, 2010

2 stars is about right. With lots of exposure and serious fall potential through the upper section (after you move off of the initial arete), this one's not for the faint of heart or for the novice 10a leader.

I'd also like to see the anchors moved from the present location--which is incredibly awkward to get to and doesn't add significant value to the climb to the face just below. That ledge would provide a good, safe position to clip the anchors from and rope drag would be about the same if the new anchor was placed high enough.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Oct 7, 2010

FA was Ed Esmond.

I thought this was a good route. It is slightly heady feeling though, so doesn't get done as often as others nearby. I don't remember anything particularly odd with the anchor placement. Watch the end of your rope when lowering. More than one person has been dropped through inattention even with a 60 meter rope and the landing is not good.
By Anna C.
From: VT
Sep 24, 2012

Well worth it if you're solid at the grade. Great position and fun moves on the upper section. I thought the thrutch to the anchors was in keeping with the rest of the climb ... makes you earn it!
By M Bageant
From: Cambridge, MA
Sep 21, 2015

I thought this route wasn't physically more difficult than 5.10a but was certainly a psychological thriller. I actually quite enjoyed it, the route is varied and interesting and deserves more traffic.

Lots of ledge fall potential; the bolts are placed as best as they can be to keep you off the ledges, but once you're up high, rope stretch is enough to drop you. Be confident in the grade or have a good belayer. A bit spicy in places as well.

I had a hard time finding the route and the bolts, so here is some advice in the hopes that it will encourage more folks to get on this one.

Once you are at the top of the arete, don't climb too high into the roof; the bolts are too far right for a reason...

Once you are about to start the part with the roof, you won't be able to see the next two bolts...but have faith, they are there! They are approximately in the centerline of the bulge, hidden behind/on top of knobby holds. Look for bolts with hangers.

However, the route does not go straight up the bulge---it would go at probably 5.11-! Traverse all the way left under the roof and go into the blind dihedral to the left of the roof. Look to your right as your near the top of the dihedral for your next hard-to-find bolt.

Next do the scary mantle. The field of moss straight above the bolt is a field of moss for a reason; look for small hidden holds in the moss-free area to the right.

Finally, move back to the bolt and climb straight up the column/buttress of rock the bolt is in; don't try to go up the corner to the right of the bolt straight to the anchor!

A cool route and worth doing if you're in the area, but not a good lead for someone trying to break into 5.10.
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