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Bogosity (Link-up) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Coffee Achievers T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Disputed, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dynamo Hum T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
El, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Flying Squirrels T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Great Chimney T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Lonely, The T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
PF Flyers T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Pete's Farewell T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Raging Raven S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Roaches on the Wall T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rock and Roll Star T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Run Higher, Jump Faster T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Running of the Bulls T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Star Sailor T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Wald-Calder Route T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Type: Trad, 180 ft, 3 pitches
FA: Grant Calder, John Wald, July 1976
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Shared By: Chris Duca on May 31, 2009
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Description

A great line up the cliff, using a series of horizontal and vertical cracks. Stonker pro, and wonderful, airy positioning make this route a classic among classics!

P1: 5.2 (This route uses the same first pitch as "Pete's".) 40' (small gear belay)

P2: 5.7 Traverse left across the face using a positive horizontal. At the large right-facing corner, traverse left to the arete, where there is a small overlap. Move around the arete, and continue across the positive horizontal until it ends on a small ledge/Semi-hanging belay below a clean, vertical crack. 70' (gear belay in vertical crack)

P3: Take the plum line up the crack and into the steepening, left-facing corner. Move around the small overhang using the crack, and continue to the top via lower angle slab climbing. 80' (gear belay)

Descent: Climb down (easy 4th class) into the massive chimney, and aim for the far right end of the chimney that has a chain anchor. It is a good idea to belay your leader down to this anchor, as the last few moves to the anchor are exposed. Rappel with one 60m rope.

Location

Same start as for "Pete's Farewell".

Protection

A standard rack with some extra, long runners to lessen rope drag on Pitch 2.
Nolan Huther
Clarkson University
 
Nolan Huther   Clarkson University
 
Anyone climb the crack just to the left of the corner on P3 as it goes directly through a bulge? Aug 19, 2017
M Bageant
Cambridge, MA
M Bageant   Cambridge, MA
Hand traversing P2 after the corner definitely feels harder than 5.7, but it's very doable. A step down near the fixed cam goes at probably 5.9 or so, much harder if you are very short. P3 felt fair at Dacks 5.8.

P2 and P3 are both really enjoyable though! Sep 6, 2016
Sean Sullivan
Boise, ID
 
Sean Sullivan   Boise, ID
 
Regarding the traverse, I found the feet more than adequate. The spot near the fixed cam was a little pumpy, but not too bad...if you were short, maybe you couldn't reach the feet that I used. (I'm 5.9ish)

If you want to do this route, either pick a weekday or get up early...otherwise, take a ticket and wait in line. This route shares a pitch and a half with Pete's Farewell, as well as the start of the Great Chimney. Plus, parties doing the 5.9 route below the El often finish on the El.

When I finally started the traversing pitch (after waiting for over an hour), I was greeted by the response of "Kinda crowded over here" after I turned the corner to find a party of three under the crack. I hung out for a while before deciding to set a belay above and to the right of the aforementioned fixed cam. I didn't mind the wait, but if you do, plan accordingly. Jul 10, 2015
Dom R
Estes Park, Colorado
 
Dom R   Estes Park, Colorado
 
Some beta on the second pitch, I also used the crack with the link cam as a foot traverse not a hand traverse. My partner warned me of the ensuing issue with hand traversing the crack and I was a little skeptical because the rock above the hand traverse is so lichen covered, but it turned out using the ledge as a foot traverse wasn't too bad, a tiny bit balancey I guess. There's good gear in the short finger crack also for those that choose the foot traverse over the hand. I stepped up a almost immediately after pulling around the arete. Aug 30, 2014
I've long wondered whether the lay-back block, which makes for that awkward mantel mid second pitch, is prone to crack and fall if some big strong person yanks too hard. I recently roped down and gave it a good look - it may be OK, but if it did cut loose, I think it would wipe out the belayer. For me, it makes the route a little less appealing. Jun 4, 2014
worth russell
Brooklyn, NY
 
worth russell   Brooklyn, NY
 
Yeah I hand traversed right past that old op link cam. Its pumpy as all hell. I didnt think to use that rail as a foot traverse. Ill go back and try it this way in the spring Dec 9, 2012
kenr  
P2 - seemed to me there was a section before the corner where it's pretty difficult to protect the follower from a possible substantial swing. The moves there took good balance-technique.

Then just after coming around the corner/arete, it seemed to go well by making one more move across left, then a move _up_ on a vertical crack. Then continue traversing left using the main horizontal crack for feet instead of hands. Then after more traversing, move _up_ again before creating the belay anchor.
So careful not to get too low. When we did it there was even an old stuck piece of prot on the too-low line. My partner said he knew someone who got sucked in by trying to follow that protection, and found the climbing was way harder. Jul 19, 2012
worth russell
Brooklyn, NY
 
worth russell   Brooklyn, NY
 
The fact of the matter is the 5.7 traverse is tougher than the p3 crack. The traverse is bomber hands with little to no feet I don't know who rated this climb, but don't get freaked that this is a sandbag special. 3rd pitch is a cakewalk compared to the traverse. Gear is awesome top to bottom. Jul 8, 2011
Jaysen Henderson
Bronx NY
 
Jaysen Henderson   Bronx NY
 
great route jsut make sure ur comfortable with traversing because p2 gets a little spicy after you pull around the arette. 3rd pitch is THE pitch for sure. very safe climb though. May 30, 2011
Peter Lewis
Bridgton, Maine
  5.8
Peter Lewis   Bridgton, Maine
  5.8
Use long runners on the initial part of the P.2 traverse, and be prepared to use rope-tugs as belay signals as shouting really doesn't work. At the end of the traverse, build your belay at the higher of two stances (more comfortable). Sep 22, 2010