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My buddy AJ climbing UR
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Jason Antin
May 16, 2009
My buddy AJ climbing UR  
Peter Lewis
Bridgton, Maine
Peter Lewis   Bridgton, Maine
Yup. Upper Refuse. Guided this many times (100+). It's the left-hand variation to the last 15 feet or so of what is traditionally the 3rd pitch. Harder than the standard finish ten feet to the right that ascends the face, blunt arete, and left-slanting crack. In Lee Hansche's photo ("Alex on the exposed upper...") the climber is about five feet lower than the climber in this photo and ten feet to the climber's right. The perspective makes it look a lot harder than it is. There is a wiggly little chockstone that you can sling for the opening move up the crack. I've been happily slinging that chockstone since the early 1980s. One move might be 5.6. It's wonderful. Oct 20, 2014
He's right. Thanks for the final word! Nov 19, 2013
Ok, I just went through pictures. My wife and I just got married at the top of Cathedral after climbing UR, so we have quite a few pictures of the route- both while on the route and the route as viewed from the road.

My first thought when I saw the pic was there was no way it was UR. Then I thought maybe it was from right below the pine tree belay ledge. After looking at my pics (I will upload a few), I can definitively say it IS Upper Refuse. It is not below the tree belay ledge though. It is near the very top of the route, basically at the exit. Yes, there were a lot of liberties involved with this pic, but it IS UR! Look at the rock behind the climbers back in this pic, and compare it to one of the ones I will upload- a pic from the road shows it well.

J. Antin, if you see this, I believe the harness I wore for the wedding climb is one I bought from you. ;) Oct 10, 2013

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