Type: Trad, TR, 60 ft
FA: John Gill (reportedly onsight solo in the late 50's)
Page Views: 15,209 total · 73/month
Shared By: James Schroeder on Apr 3, 2002
Admins: Burton Lindquist, Doug Hemken, chris tregge, James Schroeder

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Description

Congrats is a classic among classics. A striking 5.10 finger crack positioned at the crossroads of climbing on The East - it is the 5.10 to climb at The Lake. Congrats is considered by many to be the bar for 5.10 at Devil's Lake - climb it on TR and you are a 5.10 top-roper, lead it and you are a 5.10 leader. You might get lucky on the likes of Mouse's Misery or Callipigeanous Crack, but Congrats earns every bit of its 5.10 rating and so do you...if you send. It's also a great place to see and be seen, since just about every climber on the The East will walk past it (probably at least twice) during the day. Time your send right, and you might draw a hearty "Congrats!" and the offer of a beer from some grizzled local in the overflow lot at the base of the CCC later. But that sword cuts the other way as well - your wobbler-filled flail sesh will not escape the eyes of the masses either. In the end, Congrats should not be missed by anyone.

Location

Just to the left of where the CCC trail runs into the point of 05: Pedestal Buttress.

Protection

With a hard-to-protect low crux, and only an average landing, Congrats is a heads up lead. Probably not quite PG13, but approaching it. Small stoppers, TCUs and small cams should see you through the crux, higher-up, many choices are available up to a #3 C4.

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