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Pedestal Buttress
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
All The Way T 
Angle of the Dangle T 
Assume the Position T,TR 
Beginning, The T,TR 
Birch Tree Crack T,TR 
Blow-up T,TR 
Chimney's End T,TR 
Condolences T 
Congratulations T,TR 
Creation Crack T 
D.L.F.A T 
Dog, The TR 
Dyslexia TR 
End Of The End, The TR 
End, The T,TR 
Evelyn Bites The Crust TR 
F4 Ledges T 
Flake Route T,TR 
Golden Ledges T 
Hourglass T,TR 
Hourglass Direct TR 
Ironmongers T 
Ironmongers Super Direct T,TR 
Lethe T 
Lower Diagonal T,TR 
Modern Art TR 
Pedestal, The T,TR 
Pete's Lament TR 
Pine Box T 
Rich and Famous TR 
Sometime Crack T,TR 
Sometime Direct T 
Sometimes Left Side TR 
Sometimes Right T 
Stretcher, The TR 
Sweatshop T,TR 
Upper Diagonal T,TR 
Welfare Line TR 
Unsorted Routes:

The Pedestal 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

   
Type:  Trad, TR
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Tom Anderson-Brown on May 28, 2001

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BETA PHOTO: The southwest side of The Pedestal

Description 

The Pedestal is a fun climb that is typically done in two pitches to reduce rope drag. Start by the flake near Lower Diagonal. Climb up about 15 feet then traverse left on top of flake (psychological crux) and around the corner. Belay stance is in a comfortable notch. The second pitch continues up and left toward the pine tree. Finish up on a ten foot wall with a one-move crack.

Protection 

Standard Rack, cordelette for breaking climb into two pitches


Photos of The Pedestal Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Jan Brown pulling on the giant flake of The Pedest...
Jan Brown pulling on the giant flake of The Pedest...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom Anderson-Brown giving the Pedestal all his lov...
Tom Anderson-Brown giving the Pedestal all his lov...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom Anderson-Brown rounding the corner on The Pede...
Tom Anderson-Brown rounding the corner on The Pede...
Rock Climbing Photo: The southeast side of The Pedestal
BETA PHOTO: The southeast side of The Pedestal
Rock Climbing Photo: A lead of the Pedestal with Dave Matous on B.D.C. ...
A lead of the Pedestal with Dave Matous on B.D.C. ...

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By BryanR
From: Madison, WI
May 6, 2009

Good multipitch practice as it is easy but not real straight forward. and the belay ledge for the second pitch is sweet.
By James M Schroeder
Administrator
From: Sauk County, WI
Mar 23, 2014
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

The "stats" on this need to be updated to reflect that it's a two-pitch route.
By Josh Olson
From: Durango, CO
Mar 23, 2014

I disagree, I climb it as one.
By Jay Knower
Administrator
From: Campton, NH
Mar 28, 2014

If you climb it as one pitch, you miss the best belay ledge at DL! This has always been considered a two-pitch climb.
By James M Schroeder
Administrator
From: Sauk County, WI
Mar 28, 2014
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

It seems like doing this in one pitch would create more rope-drag hassle than setting up a belay in the middle.
By Doug Hemken
Administrator
Mar 28, 2014

I'd do it either way, depending on what experience I'm after. Great little belay in the alcove/crow's nest. Or do it in one pitch and manage your pro so that there isn't rope drag.
By James M Schroeder
Administrator
From: Sauk County, WI
Mar 28, 2014
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

So Doug, would it count as one or two pitches for the Century Challenge?

:-)
By Doug Hemken
Administrator
Mar 28, 2014

I think it would count as one route! Ha, thought you had me!

Imagine the Challenge at Red Rock or Yosemite. I did ~70 pitches last week ... but only 7 routes.
By James M Schroeder
Administrator
From: Sauk County, WI
Mar 28, 2014
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

That's a good week!
By Joel Allen
From: La Crosse
Aug 13, 2015
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

I like to finish this on congrats. Much more fun way to end a great route!
By Ted Pinson
From: Chicago, IL
Oct 22, 2015

Anyone know the length on this thing? Most of the routes on Pedestal are 50 ft, so that would make these really short pitches if you split it in 2...
By Joel Allen
From: La Crosse
Oct 22, 2015
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

If you do it in 2 pitches they are going to be VERY short, like 25 foot pitches. I personally have never had a problem with rope drag doing it in one pitch if I extend all my gear. Also Id suggest doing condolences, the 5.7 start to this route. It's better and protects better IMO.

Also finish on the upper part of congratulations for more fun, only 5.7.

Have fun! Its a nice route.

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