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69 T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Apoplexy T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Birthday Biscuit Boy T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Black Fly T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Brat Direct, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Bridal Path T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Bunny T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Cordelette Arete T 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Coronary T,TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Crackatoa T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Dirty Gerdie T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Double Chin T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Double Clutch T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Easy Keyhole T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Executioner aka That's Horsesh** T.C., The T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Eyebrow T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
Fancy Idiot T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Handy Andy T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Heel Hook and Hack-it T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b X
Herdie Gerdie T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Horseman T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Katzenjammer T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Keyhole T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lower Eaves T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Nice 5.9 Climb T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Nice Crack Climb T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
No Picnic T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
No Solution T,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Nosedive T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Nurdie Gerdie (aka Dogs in Heat) T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Pony Express T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Red Cabbage T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Red Cabbage Right T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Retribution T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Shit or Go Blind T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Short Job T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Short and Simple T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Sonja T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Stupid Crack T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Suderiferous: 5.8 variation T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Sudoriferous T 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c PG13
Susie K. Block, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A4 X
Trust Jesus T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A4 X
Zoomulator T 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a PG13
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Type: Trad, 120 ft
FA: Hans Kraus, Fritz Wiessner, 1941
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Shared By: Guy H. on Feb 23, 2006
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This is probably the best single pitch of 5.5 at the Trapps. The climbing so steep, you can't believe you are on a 5.5! The start is to the left of Laurel and to the right of Nosedive, at a crack system with the stump of a tall skinny tree about 15' up, below a huge hanging corner that you'll soon be walking out.

P1: Start in the obvious crack system leading to the large right-facing dihedral that starts 25' off the ground. Clip a fixed pin at the roof, and continue up the fun dihedral. At the tiered roof above, traverse left around the nose to a small ledge. (Optional belay here).

Continue up the crack and face to the top of the cliff. A real gem...

Descent: Walking down by the Uberfall Descent is usually the best option; walk north, trending close to the cliff edge, until you find yourself atop of Ken's crack.

You can rap with two ropes, but consider that the carriage road is at its busiest point here, with dogs and babies and cyclists and tourists hanging out -right- where your ropes will land, blindly, when you toss them. A single 70m does get you to the ground, and there are reports of some 60m ropes getting there with rope stretch and/or downclimbing -- but the last 40' of the rappel are free-hanging, making errors very difficult to correct.


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Shane Kenyon  
Being 6'4" I felt the high steps were more interesting than they might be for a shorter person. Agree with some of the polish comments but just for the first 10-20 feet. Nov 18, 2017
David Kerkeslager
New Paltz, NY
David Kerkeslager   New Paltz, NY
I agree with GilaShot--a #5 would have been helpful here. There ARE other protection options, but they're in worse stances and/or deep inside the larger crack (rope drag!). The #5 is an easy bomber placement and you can move on with less rope drag.

I ended up taking the optional belay due to rope drag, so I'd especially use the #5 if you're hoping to link pitches. Sep 11, 2017
David Stephenson
Mount Wellington, Tasmania
David Stephenson   Mount Wellington, Tasmania
Great route - it is graded 5.4 in 1972 Williams guide. I first led it around 1972, possibly placing pitons on lead.....glad we don't do it that way anymore. I think the first Chouinard hexcentrics came out around that time, hastening the "clean climbing" revolution. Many Gunks climbs were pretty dicey with only passive nuts, hence the placing of fixed pins prior to cams. Aug 10, 2017
Western Antarctic, New Engl…
GilaShot   Western Antarctic, New Engl…
I thought a #5 would have been nice to protect the traverse out of the corner. Sep 1, 2016
Kevin Heckeler
Upstate New York
Kevin Heckeler   Upstate New York
The rope on the first anchor is getting weathered and the backside of the knot is worn through the sheath. IMO the climb is better combining both pitches to the top anyway (just watch the rap from the top, requires a 70m - or just walkoff right). Feb 22, 2016
I found the big corner / dihedral had lots of awkward moves. Not many with elegant stemming, and fewer of those if your legs aren't fairly long.

Overall a interesting + great climb, but don't be surprised if you can't find an elegant way to do much of the dihedral.

I think the direct variation (continuing up the corner where it gets overhanging along left side of roof) is pretty fun (though likely much harder for people less tall than 5ft5inch). Jul 12, 2014

What happened to the tree on p1?
Time, love & tenderness. Apr 9, 2013
Logan Schiff
Brooklyn, NY
Logan Schiff   Brooklyn, NY
Great climb! Moves are on the soft side for Gunks 5.5, but I still find it a somewhat heady/uncomfortable lead. Gear placement is ample but occasionally thoughtful, good amount of exposure, some of the footholds before the traverse are a tiny bit awkward, and there is the potential for a good amount of rope drag if you don't extend enough. Jul 25, 2012
Albuquerque, NM
farkas.time   Albuquerque, NM
Excellent, excellent moderate climb. Pro is abundant, but tricky, and crux is a little committing, so I wouldn't recommend for a beginner lead, despite the grade. May 29, 2012
Tim Wolsonovich
Tim Wolsonovich   Boston
My first "real" trad lead, and it felt great. The traverse wasn't as bad as the climbers before me made it look, but there is some air out there. After the traverse, its pretty easy climbing with loads of solid gear and even a few pins (if you're into old rusty iron pro). Sep 19, 2010
I just spent a day with two climbers for their first day at the Gunks. I have to agree with the polish question - the crux of Frogs Head is pretty hard for 5.6- with all the polish, and we encountered some smooth spots on Horseman as well.

I've never heard anyone question the rating of Horseman in 20 years. It might be the defining 5.5 in the Gunks. Does anyone claim that there isn't some 5.5 climbing in the last half of the second pitch? Jul 26, 2010
Jay Harrison  
One can also climb directly through the corner in one pitch rather than traversing left onto the face. It probably ups the rating a half-grade - maybe - but takes great pro, has tremendous fingerlocks, and feels awesome.
Be careful with how the rope runs if you do this, as it can jam in the crack at the lip of the OH. Jan 17, 2010
gblauer Blauer
Wayne, PA
gblauer Blauer   Wayne, PA
This is a great climb, best done in a single pitch. The first pitch is getting a bit polished in places, but, it's still great. P2 is just pure climbing pleasure. Apr 18, 2009
The climbing is really great and the gear is good, but the noise from the road can be a major bummer for this climb and the others at the Uberfall. So much so that communication will be a problem if you run both pitches together. Mar 26, 2009
Try to find one route in SE Arizona that is that cool. You can't. It is climbs like that that make the Gunks so fun. Steep enough to feel like real climbing. More than one pitch. Nice air and it is so easy even a total beginner can succeed. I love this route. Feb 29, 2008
Paul Crowder  
This is a great route, with what seems like a lot of exposure on the traverse left to the arete, above the large roof. You can establish a somewhat hanging belay at the arete, at the end of the traverse, if your second will need a lot of encouragement on the traverse. This is the "optional belay" that is referred to in the route description. I once enountered a very large black snake in the horizontal crack that you use for your hands as you do the traverse. I shouted "Shoo! Shoo!" at the snake, until it retreated far enough into the crack that I could (very, very quickly) traverse past it. My partner on that day, Bryan MacDonald, who has a serious snake phobia, was horrified. Folks who come from afar to climb at the Gunks should be alert for unusual wildlife encounters at the crag. Mar 12, 2006