I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia
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|Type:||Trad, 80 ft|
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|Shared By:||Alex Shainman on Aug 21, 2002|
|Admins:||Mike Snyder, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Aeon Aki|
DescriptionI yarded off a huge "timebomb" flake that, for years, was used as a killer rest stance just before the crux. The flake was easily removed with a light pull while being lowered. I felt it move substantialy when I first stood on it. Without the flake, the route felt more sustained on toprope.... So, if you want to "feel" like you're doing a "first", get after it. Bring a drill and update the anchor while you're at it.
This is an awesome line, but it is not the best rock Vedauwoo has to offer. Hollow rock still exists just before the anchor. Rumor has it that it is possible to continue past the anchor at 80'. Beware of swifts within....
W.C. Fields and the name?A popular bit of Fields folklore maintains that his grave marker is inscribed, "I'd rather be in Philadelphia" — or some close variant thereof. The legend originated from a mock epitaph that Fields wrote himself for a 1925 Vanity Fair article: "Here Lies / W.C. Fields / I Would Rather Be Living in Philadelphia."
In reality, his interment marker bears only his stage name and the years of his birth and death. (from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._C.…).