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All The Way T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Angle of the Dangle T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Assume the Position T,TR 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Beginning, The T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Birch Tree Crack T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Blow-up T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Chimney's End T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Condolences T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Congratulations T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Creation Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
D.L.F.A T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Dog, The TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Dyslexia TR 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
End Of The End, The TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
End, The T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Evelyn Bites The Crust TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
F4 Ledges T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Flake Route T,TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Golden Ledges T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Hourglass T,TR 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Hourglass Direct TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Ironmongers T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Ironmongers Super Direct T,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Lethe T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lower Diagonal T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Modern Art TR 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Pedestal, The T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Pete's Lament TR 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Pine Box T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rich and Famous TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Sometime Crack T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sometime Direct T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Sometimes Left Side TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Sometimes Right T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Stretcher, The TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Sweatshop T,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Upper Diagonal T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Welfare Line TR 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
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Type: Trad, TR, 60 ft
FA: John Gill (reportedly onsight solo in the late 50's)
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Shared By: James Schroeder on Apr 3, 2002
Admins: Burt Lindquist, Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE

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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 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.
Joel Allen
La Crosse, WI
  5.10a
Joel Allen   La Crosse, WI
  5.10a
Don't try to lieback the crux. If you find the good finger locks it's really solid and much less straining. Oct 26, 2015
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
John Gill was rad. Light years ahead of his time. Jun 26, 2015
James Schroeder
Sauk County, WI
  5.10a
James Schroeder   Sauk County, WI  
  5.10a
I'd say Congrats deserves a split rating based on the humidity level. On a cool, crisp fall day this route feels easier than other 5.10a routes in the park. On a hot, humid, mid-summer day...well...it's just better for the ego to go somewhere else.

Either way, it's a stellar route, and worthy of every climbers attention. Whether you're a beginner trying to top rope your first 5.10, a bona fide hardman trying to do Astro Boy or anywhere in between; you will enjoy this thing. Jun 27, 2014
Josh Olson
Durango, CO
 
Josh Olson   Durango, CO
 
Holy bejeezus, such a good route. Fell a bunch, but eventually got up the route. Good lead, even if it isn't 10a. Sep 6, 2011
BIATHLON
Duluth Mn
  5.10c
BIATHLON   Duluth Mn
  5.10c
Thanks for the ego boost. Jan 28, 2010
John W. Knoernschild
Wisconsin
  5.10c/d
John W. Knoernschild   Wisconsin
  5.10c/d
BIATHLON, don't worry. This thing is much harder than 5.10a Jan 27, 2010
Tradiban
  5.10a
Tradiban  
  5.10a
This is the scene of many deckings, crux is low and feet are sketchy. Jul 13, 2009
John W. Knoernschild
Wisconsin
  5.10c/d
John W. Knoernschild   Wisconsin
  5.10c/d
I was watching a climber lead this yesterday, he was looking shaky in the crux, then he fell and decked. He took a short break, shook it off, and got right back on the sharp end to finish it up. Nice work dude! Jun 29, 2009
BIATHLON
Duluth Mn
  5.10c
BIATHLON   Duluth Mn
  5.10c
Not sure whether it was that it was humid or I am just weak but the crux felt much harder then any any other 10a I've ever done. Aug 23, 2008
Steve Sangdahl
eldo sprngs,co
Steve Sangdahl   eldo sprngs,co
this is the one where pete was telling us that nuts leave scars in the cracks and that the climb was much easier now due to the passage of many climbers.that all the climbs were much easier then when he did them...elmer fudd like.

the pic is of myself soloing a much easier congrats in barefeet and all crazed on..... Apr 3, 2005
Steve Sangdahl
eldo sprngs,co
Steve Sangdahl   eldo sprngs,co
the F.A. was in 1958-59 Feb 16, 2003
Definitely wathc out for this one on a hot and humid day. The crux is hard & low, so if leading, be solid, but lead it! Apr 24, 2002