Type: Sport, 75 ft
FA: Eddie Whittemore, Paul Sloan - 1991
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Shared By: saxfiend on Nov 18, 2006
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This is a fun and challenging sport climb; the crux is between the third and fourth bolts. Don't miss Ankles Away when you're at Fosters!

An interesting bit of trivia on the name of the route: According to Arno Ilgner, Ankles Away got its name from an incident on Dihedral, a trad line just to the left. When the leader leaned back on his gear, the piece pulled and the rest zippered; the resulting fall broke both his ankles.


Dihedrals section, 5' left of Twist and Shout.


Six bolts, ring anchors.


I've heard the names were thought up when a climber tried to solo one of them and fell. It explains Narcissism, Ankels Away, and Twist and Shout pretty well I think. Jan 27, 2013
Portola, CA
Brandon.Phillips   Portola, CA
I think the Chatt Steel guidebook gives this a 5.8. This climb is definitely easier than 5.9+. People tend say this is harder than it is because of it being a slab. There are even nice little edges to stand on, all the way up. Fun route. Climbed this for the first time this weekend and don't remember any sketchy bolts or runnouts. Nov 13, 2013
Rohan R Rao
Jacksonville, Florida
Rohan R Rao   Jacksonville, Florida
Yes. Chatt Steel gives it a 5.8 and it is definitely more than that, mostly at 5.9. Also, I think Chatt Steel (and also the MP description) gives it 6 bolts to anchors, where as it is 7 bolts to 2 anchors.. so if you are referring Chatt Steel, do carry that extra draw! Mar 24, 2014
I'm in agreement that this route probably goes at 5.8+ or 5.9. It is certainly easier than Twist and Shout. Ankle's Away is a classy slab climb, the movement and aesthetics are great and its definitely a route worth consideration on any visit to Foster's.
This route, as couple other routes in the dihedrals, generally stays dry during wet weather.
#reiemployee Nov 4, 2015
Michael Dom  
Felt similar to all of the routes on this wall. Dec 22, 2015
Super fun slab with some great crimps and no-hands rests. Gets really run out for the fall safety though Jan 16, 2017
Punter Brewster
Chattanooga, TN
Punter Brewster   Chattanooga, TN
Bullet-proof southern sandstone with beautifully sculpted holds and aesthetic movement. Absolute classic in my opinion. Well protected, but maybe consider stick clipping the first bolt if if you're not solid at the grade. For the regular slab climber this will feel easier than the suggested grade. Mar 20, 2017