Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Dave Aldous
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Shared By: Matt McCormick on Sep 14, 2009
Admins: Jim Lawyer

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Zabba is one of the premier hard gear routes in the Northeast if not the country. A redpoint ascent of this beautiful line is an accomplishment of mental and physical skill and has probably only been accomplished less than 10 times! The route begins just left of TR and follows the stunning, flared hand and finger crack past a low 5.12 crack section to a face climbing crux above where the crack disappears. There is a old bolt here but most ascents have eschewed clipping it and in the opinion of most it is unnecessary. Instead, place a large bomber nut and fire through the crux to more tricky climbing before the top and the 2 bolt anchor.

I've chosen to give this route a pg-13 gear rating with an onsight attempt in mind. The beginning of the route is difficult to protect and most place their first piece totally blind. The high crux can result in a pretty good whip but is completely safe!


Begin 15 feet left of TR.


Small to medium cams and a variety of nuts protect the route well. There is a tricky placement off the ground which is placed somewhat blindly. DON'T CLIP THE BOLT!


Chris Duca
Downingtown, PA
Chris Duca   Downingtown, PA
Thanks for the post. I've been hoping that more folks like you would begin posting route descriptions for the Dacks. Post one for "Another Whack and Dangle Job", would ya?! Sep 14, 2009
jamie Hamilton
santa fe nm
jamie Hamilton   santa fe nm
One of the best climbs I have done on the east coast. The pg 13 rating is accurate, as the placement of the first piece is a Collaborative effort with one's belayer guiding you to the right spot as you reach out right to the crack to place a nut. I wonder how many more of these gems lay hidden in the daks. Dec 20, 2009
Prescott, Arizona
Pablo-Roberts   Prescott, Arizona
Is there any way to get a top rope on this route? or would you have to lead all the routes on the wall? Apr 28, 2011
Jaysen Henderson
Brooklyn NY
Jaysen Henderson   Brooklyn NY
Yeah, so you can top-rope Zabba easily off of TR. I had just led TR a few weeks ago and thought about giving it a rip, but then left it for another day. Get on it! I know it's only seen a handful of ascents. Apr 29, 2011