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YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Fritz Wiessner, Roger Whitney
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Submitted By: John Peterson on Feb 26, 2006

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Keith Hoek tops out on Vector


Another ancient classic - a route way ahead of its time.

The start is easily located - a detached pillar about 45 feet past (left of) Wiessner Slab marks the route. Things start off easy but the business begins when a small overhang is reached. Follow the crack to the top.


Some extra big pieces (#3, #4 camalots) let you sew up the crux if you want to.

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By CTYankee
May 5, 2009

Amazing to think about Fritz leading this in the gear du jour with just a couple of pitons.......

By apeman e
Mar 14, 2010

If you didn't bring any big cams, it's not a big deal. Once over the little roof, you can place smaller gear in the back of the crack where it is much less flaring. If I recall correctly, think a .5 or .75 fits nicely if you place it deep enough.

By Timmijal
Mar 20, 2011

Great route big cams are nice but can do without. I am not from the area and used the old New England rock climbing guide to find the place. i talk with a few locals and apparently you can access this from parking up the road. The guide had me park at a golf coarse and hike 30 minutes to the crag.

By John Peterson
Mar 20, 2011

The whole golf course approach is silly. I updated the description at the Ragged Mountain page.

By Eric G.
Apr 8, 2013

Super "G" and I felt like I wrestled an alligator afterwards, but that's probably because I exhausted myself placing too much gear.

By CTdave
From: Wallingford, CT
Aug 15, 2013

if you dont have any bigger cams big nuts work just as well further back. i stuck all of mine on this crack

By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Aug 22, 2013

I can still clearly remember making those strenuous moves over the little roof and in the crack above--I'd been lured into thinking the whole thing was just a cruise until then (this would have been about 1976). All we had then were straight-sided stoppers, hexes, and 1-inch webbing. Gosh, I suddenly feel very old. Really should go back to Ragged this year, for old times sake (with cams, LOL).

By JIncillo
5 days ago

Got about halfway up this today on lead and was warned by a nearby climber that a large bird just perched on the ledge above me. I looked straight up and a large hawk (maybe falcon) was staring me down. Needless to say that was an interesting down climb.