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Routes in Island Block

Acrobat TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Alt Access T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Arete, The TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lean Across TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Mission Impossible TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Prenuptial Taste Test V0 4
Rigging Route T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13
She Got The Bosch, I Got Drilled TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Temptation TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Variation TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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Island Block.

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Rim Road area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Island Block

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 11
The Arete
TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Mission Impossible
TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Temptation
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Arete
 11
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Mission Impossible
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b TR
Temptation
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
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Brian Freund
Hookstown (Pittsburgh), PA
Brian Freund   Hookstown (Pittsburgh), PA
Island Block is a very large (for McConnell's) block that sits diagonally across from the Beginner's Face.

Roughly rectangular in footprint, the east side of Island Block has numerous overhanging boulder problems to explore and develop.

The north side is a massive wall with high grade, tiny hold, horizontally cracked climbs. The north face also looks like it might be a place to practice some hooking and aid techniques, albeit on a top rope since the protection opportunities seem few and far between.

The west face forms one wall of a narrow alley and has several nice, moderate (5.4-5.7) climbs, and possibly opportunities for more development. The west face can be a nice, uncrowded destination when the more accessible favorites are crowded.

The south face of Island Block is all moss and giant broken blocks with no worthwhile climbing opportunities.

Top access to Island Block can be gained via Rigging Route, a short Trad or Free Solo 5.4 on the southwest corner. Alternatively, the route Alt Access offers a straightforward and well protected 5.5 Trad lead onto the block. Aug 20, 2017

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