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

Type: Trad, TR
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Parks, Skidmore '75
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Submitted By: Ladd Raine on Apr 11, 2007
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Ladd finishing up Zag.

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This climb is not a big crack, it is a finger crack! Many folks go up there with a rack of #4-6 and don't use them.

This climb starts out as just a 5.5 ledge scramble and ends up full on fingers and hands through the crux section and ends up an airy run-out top section before finally clipping the anchors.

This was the first climb ever lead at the New, it was orginally rated a sandbagged 5.7


Obvious zaging crack right of giant roof at approach stairs.


Stnd rack of cams. Nothing over a #3 unless you really want to.

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Rob Rives leading Zag
Rob Rives leading Zag
Just above the short crux heading into the runout(?)
Just above the short crux heading into the runout(...
Zag 5.8
Zag 5.8
Zag 5.8
Zag 5.8
Pulling the gear on Zag
Pulling the gear on Zag
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By Entropy
Dec 2, 2009

1 set: cams, finger size through #2 camalot
double .4, .5, .75 camalot
1 set: med to large nuts

By bkwrm
Oct 8, 2010

This climb might feel a little hard for the grade if your hand size is big. Well protected.

By Mike Holley
From: Boone, NC
Oct 25, 2011

Great Crack climbing leads to moderate face climbing! As a newb to jamming it was a good one for learning to trust finger, hand jams. Great Exposure, aesthetic route and fantastic pro! A Must do if visiting the Bridge area!

By Alan Howell
May 8, 2012

Good route but I think its solid 8+ now as it just gets more polished over time.