Type: Trad, 170 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Art Gran, Jim Andress, 1959
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The large roof on the first pitch is the main reason to climb this route. It's a blast!

P1: Climb to the right of a small tiered overhang near the ground. Wander up, aiming generally left towards the right-facing dihedral (the original route belayed here), then head up steep rock into the left-facing corner/roof. Work up into the roof, then escape right to the bolts (and protect your follower(s)!). Belay at bolts. 5.7, 100'.

P2: Follow the crack above to a right-facing dihedral and a sling belay at a tree. 5.4, 70'.

P2: Or for a better, more consistent 2nd pitch, follow the thin crack up to a tiny tree, then move up and left on hero holds through small overhangs to the top. Good pro, fun moves, more exposure (5.6, courtesy of Larry Hamilton).

Rap the route with one rope. There are bolts at the P1 belay.


Standard Rack.


The Strictly's access trail is where the East Trapps Connector trail meets the carriage road, about a 5-min. walk from the Uberfall.

This route starts almost directly above the access trail's end, on the face 25' left of the right-facing dihedral of Shockley's Ceiling, directly below a small tiered overhang.


Strictly from Nowhere itself is classic enough - but there are several link-up opportunities that add even more value:

1) For a more-challenging start, climb the initial corner of Oscar and Charlie, just to the left, then aim towards the Strictly roof.

2) After the first pitch, you can traverse up and right (5.4) and belay at pins to link to the third pitch of Shockley's Ceiling, if the crowds allow.
New York, NY
  5.7 PG13
divnamite   New York, NY
  5.7 PG13
An excellent climb! Crux is the roof, bring some small cams. Protect your follower after the crux, otherwise, it's a swing into air. Oct 23, 2009
S. Neoh  
Many years ago, I did this climb and Shockley's in the same afternoon. I thought this climb was better and more interesting than Shockley's, no disrespect to the man. Apr 11, 2011
worth russell
Brooklyn, NY
worth russell   Brooklyn, NY
With the Oscar variation this is the best 5.7 in the gunks. Nov 28, 2011
K Swissto
Denver, CO
K Swissto   Denver, CO
Agree to protect your second after the crux. However - protect them *above* the crux - on the left side of the dihedral AND the right side of the dihedral. This protects the swing into air (only way to get back on the climb is to prussik up) and the possibility of the rope swinging / grinding across the rough edge if they do fall. Oct 27, 2014
Peter Lewis
Bridgton, ME
Peter Lewis   Bridgton, ME
Just use your feet well and keep pulling. It's all there. Step out right as soon as you can and then relax and enjoy the view. Great crux pitch! Apr 22, 2015
Definitely start with Oscar and Charlie. The original beginning wanders a lot lending itself to rope drag issues and there's nothing interesting about it. Oct 12, 2015
Des Moines, IA (WTF)
Medic741   Des Moines, IA (WTF)
Crux moves can be well protected with .4 C4. Well protected climb with interesting moves, but not as "safe" falls as Shockley's, I'd try Shockley's first if you're worried about the grade. Shockleys didn't feel any harder than this route. Oct 16, 2015
Kurt G.
Reading, PA
Kurt G.   Reading, PA
What's the best way to link up into Shockley's for P3? I read under the details that some people are doing P1 and P2 then into Shockley's but the description says to link up after P1. which is better and easier to find? Nov 1, 2016
Kurt, after the bolted belay station at the end of pitch one of Strictly's, you then can trend up and right over easy territory to join Shockley's.

If you go any higher on Strictly's (i.e., to the GT Ledge), you will have passed the crux ceiling on Shockley's.

Perhaps the confusion comes from the fact that the initial long pitch on Strictly's can be broken up into two pitches, and in the guidebook it is described as two pitches if you start in the Oscar's Variation corner.

Hope this helps. The link-up of Strictly's into Shockley's is IMHO one of the very best moderate routes in the Gunks. Nov 2, 2016
Dan Katz
New York, NY
Dan Katz   New York, NY
The flared roof-crack just before committing to the crux moves can be protected with a confidence-inspiring pink tricam. Jun 16, 2017
Jud Wellington
Astoria, NY
Jud Wellington   Astoria, NY
wayyyy more fun with Oscar and Charlie variation. May 12, 2018
Wolf L
New York, NY
Wolf L   New York, NY
So many stuck cams & nuts on this route (and pitch 3 of Shockley's) make this almost a sport climb. We make our contribution by stucking a yellow C4 at the crux of Shockley's. Get them if you can! If you climb this slightly serious sport route with quickdraws once a month and free all the cams & nuts you can build your rack in no time! Aug 11, 2018