Type: Trad, 60 ft
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Shared By: John Peterson on Feb 22, 2006
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Ancient Way is an excellent easy route at the Main Cliff. It is located at the left edge of the ledges atop the Cave Slabs. Find Unconquerable Crack / Subline and go through a short cave to the left. Then boulder up a few moves to the ledge on the next flake over. Belay at the left end of this ledge. The route takes the left-facing dihedral / crack to the summit.


Medium to large nuts / cams


Devin Krevetski
Northfield, VT
Devin Krevetski   Northfield, VT
one of the first routes I led at Ragged, scared the bajeezubs outta me. I was unaccustomed to easy routes being so steep. Oct 11, 2010
M LaViolette Jr.
The Past
M LaViolette Jr.   The Past
I heard CT had some hard grades. This would be an easy .6 in other places I've climbed. The first piece is a little weird as the crack flares inwards and outwards, other than that fun and well protected. Oct 20, 2011
Allan Nadel
Allan Nadel  
I led this over the weekend, and I agree with both of the of the previous comments. I do most of my climbing at the Gunks, and I think this climb is definitely harder than Horseman 5.5. Maybe I was missing all the good stances, but I found it strenuous enough to place gear that I didn't want to hang out forever. Also, there is a bit of a scramble up to the base of the climb with one or two 5th class moves.

Having said that, if you're solid at 5.5 you'll love this climb. It does take a lot of gear, I used mainly big cams, the rock is solid and you can stem, jam, or use face holds. Next time I'm in CT I'd like to do it again in better style. May 30, 2012
Jimaayyyy Roland
Jimaayyyy Roland   Connecticut
led this route today and loved every min of it. Def made me hesitate about my next move. A little flared in the beginning but great gear after. Great overall led and fun moves. Jun 29, 2012
Simon L
Hartford, CT
Simon L   Hartford, CT
Nice fun route, just got to take your time looking for the next holds and maybe run your pro out a bit to the next bomber hold and placement rather than hanging on trying to place something. Oct 6, 2012
A.wilk Wilk
Olympia, WA
A.wilk Wilk   Olympia, WA
All the other comments are spot on. The beginning is a little hard to protect but after that there is plenty of gear. Great climb with good stances to place pro and lots of fun moves in between. Dec 6, 2012
James F King
Avon, CT
James F King   Avon, CT
The Falcon guidebook describes this as "a good beginner route". I disagree, since beginners usually aren't good at hand jamming or placing gear one-handed. May 18, 2016
Classic Ragged route. If a beginner, I'd start with Knight's move as there are some sketchy hand placements at times with the crack. However, good P2 throughout and a fun climb altogether. Placement can be flared at times; recommend getting far into the crack and using alpine draws to reduce drag. Apr 17, 2017