Type: Trad, 300 ft, 3 pitches
FA: FA: Bill Goldner & Dennis Mehmet - 1966FFA: John Stannard & John Bragg - 1973
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Ask any climber what distinguishes the Gunks from other areas and the first thing they'll say is "the roofs!" That, or "the sandbags!" but you should look at the description of Coexistence for more info on that.

Erect Direction is a roof climb -- and one of my favorites at the Gunks -- right up there with The Yellow Wall, Carbs and Caffeine, and Fat City Direct.

The Erect Direction access trail is about 15 minutes walking from the Uberfall, and 10 minutes from where the East Trapps Connector Trail meets the carriage road. Look for a huge boulder (with problems/chalk) on the left. The access trail starts just past the boulder.

At the cliff, go right and up to get to the start of the route. Locate a huge right-facing corner; this is the route Updraft. Erect Direction starts at a hand crack on the left wall of this corner, about 20' left of the start of CCK.

P1 (5.8, 80': Climb the nice, varied hand crack to the GT Ledge. This is a good solid 5.8 pitch on its own.

P2 (5.10c, 70'): Above you (you may need to move the belay to the left) is a massive roof system. Climb up juggy terrain to some powerful moves up a vague right-facing corner (5.10c, crux) to a cramped stance under a large roof. A few underclings to the right lead up into the massive, obvious right-facing corner with a bomber 0.75 Camalot. At the top of this corner, and below the biggest series of roofs, a cramped hanging belay is available, but I recommend running the pitch into the next one - this will require extensive backcleaning and lots of runners however.

P3 (5.10a, 60'): This is the crazy pitch on the route - make sure you get to lead this! Trend left off of the belay via some finger tip buckets, then reach back over your head to a jug at the lip. Begin working your way up a series of outrageous roofs with jugs galore. Plenty of opportunity for cutting your feet loose, heel-hooking, and hanging from gear. The roofs can be tackled more or less directly, but the easiest path is to traverse slightly left along the lip of the first roof, then back right on the second roof. A short corner with thin gear leads to the top of the wall.

Descent: Walk right about 100' to a notch, and scramble down the notch to the bolted rappel route by The Last Will Be First. 3 rappels with one rope get you back down. Or, to the left/south, three rappels from bolted anchors over No Glow will get you to the ground with a single rope.


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Spfld, Ma
GoBotRocker   Spfld, Ma
All I want for Christmas is a "REALLY BIG" pair. Jul 4, 2006
You don't need any big gear for the offwidth on P2. Bomber pro is available just below the first overhang, and then, if you are desperate, #0.3 small camalot placed to a shallow crack on the small face with good holds before you reach to the undercling in the roof.
Once in the crouched position, it's best to reach right and place a bomber nut in the crack at the bottom of the right-facing corner.
There is a hidden pin inside the crack on top of the open book on P3. Nov 5, 2007
chris deulen
Castle Rock
chris deulen   Castle Rock
A #4 would fit perfect in the offwidth section, with a bomber nut just below it. Also, I got a great purple tcu in the roof seam. I thought this protected fine. The wild overhang just after the start of the 3rd pitch is amazing. Get on this thing and go for it! Nov 10, 2008
Stone Ridge, NY
lucander   Stone Ridge, NY
Absolutely brilliant, I owe a couple of belays to the friend who let me lead the upper two pitches. To me, this is the essence of Gunks climbing. Apr 1, 2009
Finally got on this climb and I loved it but found it to be the hardest 5.10 that I have done in the Gunks. I find Coex, Matinee, Graveyard and few others to be easier than the 2nd pitch on this. I also had the 3.5 camalot with me which makes the move into the off width very safe as it is bomber at the very top of the flare and really eliminates the necessity of getting gear into the under cling crack when you make the standup move. Instead you can peek around the corner and get in a good cam at the base of the right facing corner. Now that I know the climb it will go easier but that 2nd pitch will be hard no matter what. The 3rd pitch will be a fun jungle gym now that I know what is coming and know what gear to use.

Great Climb, maybe the best that I have done at the that grade. Highly recommended for anyone climbing at that level, you won't be disappointed. Jun 2, 2009
gblauer Blauer
Wayne, PA
gblauer Blauer   Wayne, PA
Ok, I didn't lead this. But, every leader needs a follower right? I will never lead this climb! This is one of the hardest 10's I have ever followed. I am proud to have completed all three pitches without a fall or a hang. I think this climb is the epitome of "akward". It's awkward from the start to the finish, pushing you into body positions that are constantly off balance. Then, the P3 roof is super hard for a shorty. At 5'2" I had a VERY BIG reach to the lip of the roof. My feet cut and I finally was able to throw a heel and pull the roof. Kudos to all of you who have lead this insanely hard climb. May 24, 2010
stredna   PA
contrary to the aforementioned comments, this is a very reasonable outing with good rests. I only found one awkward move and the intimidating roofs above were sub 5.10 fo' sho! Get on it and punch it in the teeth! Jul 23, 2010
Allison Quirk
San Diego, CA
Allison Quirk   San Diego, CA
The wildest route I've ever done! Has to be one of the best roofs in the world! Jun 20, 2011
Jeffrey Gagliano
Pennsburg, PA
Jeffrey Gagliano   Pennsburg, PA
I haven't done The Yellow Wall, so I can't say with certainty that Erect Direction is the best climb at the Gunks, but so far in my book, it is. All 3 pitches are truly stellar. The last pitch, while not of the gymnastic level of pitch 2, is just an amazingly ridiculous piece of climbing.

As for P2 - I got a no-hands rest...once. While hard, if done juuuust right it will feel like 10c, but if you're off by a millimeter tho.... Apr 9, 2012
3rd pitch can be a scary and/or quasi-dangerous 2nd if the leader doesn't think about placements and drag. Not a bad idea for whoever's following to have a prussik and sling on them, just in case. Jun 15, 2013
RyderS Stroud
Liming, Yunnan Province, CN
RyderS Stroud   Liming, Yunnan Province, CN
Bring a #4 for the first roof crux, and you'll be happy reefing on any hold through it! Not much worry about dead weight in the hard stuff since you get rid of the 4 before things get tough. Plenty of smaller placements just below in the roof, too, but the slab underneath the roof has lots of hollow-sounding blocks.

Outrageously awesome finale. Both feet up at your head?! C'mon! Aug 11, 2014
Jon Po
Mahwah, NJ
Jon Po   Mahwah, NJ
Finally got on this today! The number 4 certainly makes things convenient! I would consider clipping it short and then back cleaning it to avoid rope drag... An earlier comment said that Erect Direction is a reasonable outing with good gear the whole way and I agree!! I think this is a great climb for breaking into harder Gunks 5.10s! Spectacular! Oct 6, 2015
I don't climb hard enough for P2, but that first pitch of Erect Direction is a wonderful quality 5.8 G, and makes for a more interesting and fantastic link-up with CCK. Nov 4, 2015
M Bageant
Los Angeles, CA
M Bageant   Los Angeles, CA
Awesome climb. We took a short leader for P2 and a tall leader for P3 and had a grand old time. We found all pitches to be fun and well-protected.

"The move" on P3 was no problem for me at 5'6".

Really appreciated the #4 on P2. Makes figuring out the funky moves feel very safe as it puts you basically on top rope. The P2 crux is definitely a little easier for the smaller/shorter. I practically climbed into the offwidth and had a little rest.

I'm not sure how to avoid it, but on P2 the rope slid under the corner of rock where the bottomless right-facing corner meets the wall and pinched there, creating a ton of drag. Keep an eye out for this and consider backcleaning/back-extending placements. Apr 18, 2016
adam gong
Santa Monica, CA
adam gong   Santa Monica, CA
Had a blast following this yesterday - turns out this route is well above my pay grade! My partner smashed it and made it look like a piece of cake but I ended up blowing it and found myself jugging up P3 from mid-air under the first roof. Definitely bring gear for prussicking/ascending if you're at all feeling uncertain. Sep 23, 2017
Simeon d
Phila, PA
Simeon d   Phila, PA
great climb. 2nd and 3rd pitch are not bad at all. Very safe with easy gear. As of now very sporty, lots of fixed gear in pitch 2 and 3. 2nd pitch only a few moves. Great climb! Oct 4, 2017
Brooklyn, NY
bridge   Brooklyn, NY
Incredible and strange moves below an immense and looming roof. Recollections of feet swinging through open space, too focused on the task at hand, unaware of a great turkey vulture swooping just behind. Quite an entry to the harder 5.10s. Sep 17, 2018
Alex Jacques
Burlington, CT
Alex Jacques   Burlington, CT
Linking pitch 2 and 3 would take an act of rope sorcery to keep it from getting sucked into the corner. Oct 4, 2018
Cres Simpson
Cambridge, MA
Cres Simpson   Cambridge, MA
Agree with other posters - great way to break in to harder Gunks 5.10. Very well protected except for the starting section below the first crux which is pretty rotten, but it's all of 5.6. I was able to put the offwidth crux on toprope with a #4. I did split it up into 3 pitches - I can't imagine the rope drag if I hadn't (it was bad enough that way and I extended every piece).

My second fell below the p3 roof and had to ascend the rope with a prussik/tibloc to get back on route. Plan accordingly. Oct 17, 2018