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Routes in Cwm Laude Wall

Belays of Our Wives T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Caul of the Child T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Crocodile Corner T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Cwm Ba Yah T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cwm What May T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Fruit of the Cwm T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Galatine T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Ghost Train T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Itsy Bitsy Spider T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Up and Cwming T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

Description

With gorgeous yellow lichened streaked columns, corners, and aretes, this little wall honors what the NAZ pioneers used to call Volunteer Canyon; the Cwm, pronounced "koom", and is welsh for "valley", in case you were wondering.

These collection of routes are unfairly dwarfed by the height of the rest of the North Side, though they are of high quality as tall as 50-80ft (compare to the Paradise Forks' pillow wall for perspective). Where they lack slightly in height, they make up for in close proximity of one route to the next. One long testpiece, Ghost Train, climbs from the bottom talus.

Getting There

West end of the North Side wall. Separating the Middle Ages from the Cwm Laude Wall is a very broken ridgeline-rib. As viewed from the South, another identifying feature for the start of the wall left of this rib, frankly, is the large white bird poo stain near the lip, under an A-frame.

On the rim, once in the clearing of the shrubs and small trees and a bit back from the edge, there is also an oddly shaped ponderosa, having no real branches or needles except for the bushy top, and coined the Truffula Tree. The furthest west end of the wall is obvious.

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