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Escalation

5.6, Trad, TR, 100 ft (30 m),  Avg: 2.3 from 29 votes
FA: unknown
Wisconsin > Baraboo Range > Devil's Lake > E Bluff 04 - E… > 11: Bill's Buttress

Description

Escalation is found on the west end of Bill's Buttress. Start in the finger crack with a triangular niche about ten feet up. Climb to the ledge with pine tree twenty feet up. Pass to the right of the first pine tree and make your way up to the triangular overhang. From here there are two options:

1) Climb the wide crack to the left of the overhang to a stance just below the second pine tree at forty feet. Traverse right to obvious inside corner.

2) Climb to the triangular overhang and pass to the right of the overhang using holds on the outside corner. Mantel up onto ledge and arrive at the obvious inside corner.

Climb the inside corner below the huge roof and finish on easier rock north of the tower with the huge roof.

Protection

Standard Rack

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Escalation and nearby routes. This shows the left finish of Coatimundi. The right finish of Coatimundi traverses right (out of view) and joins Grand Inquisitor.  The lower Coatimundi Crack is partially obscured.
[Hide Photo] Escalation and nearby routes. This shows the left finish of Coatimundi. The right finish of Coatimundi traverses right (out of view) and joins Grand Inquisitor. The lower Coatimundi Crack is parti…
Derek Small's Crack close-up and top of Escalation.
[Hide Photo] Derek Small's Crack close-up and top of Escalation.
Escalation
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Pitch 10 of 10 hour lead marathon.  4-29-12.
[Hide Photo] Pitch 10 of 10 hour lead marathon. 4-29-12.
Gina on variation of Escalation and Overextension. "Overescalated." Move right from 1st ledge of Escalation to face and continue up.
[Hide Photo] Gina on variation of Escalation and Overextension. "Overescalated." Move right from 1st ledge of Escalation to face and continue up.
Andrew Baptist barefootin' on Escalation.
[Hide Photo] Andrew Baptist barefootin' on Escalation.

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Doug Hemken
Madison, WI
 
[Hide Comment] Another route that is more fun that it looks like. As a lead, gear is a bit sparse, especially at the top. Jul 22, 2005
Paul Huebner
Portage, WI
  5.6
[Hide Comment] This is another fun lead and you sort of get two climbs in one. Lead it or TP it twice and try both ways, to the right and to the left, after you overcome the niche and get up to the first pine tree. Aug 19, 2007
Andy Hansen
Longmont, CO
  5.6
[Hide Comment] Cool route. Multiple variations. I think the best one I saw today was Gina's variation of Escalation and Overextension... moving right from 1st roof onto face and continuing up. Her shortness made the tall moves look sweet. Mar 7, 2010