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Bird's Nest T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Captain Hooks T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Dacker Cracker T,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Drop, Fly, or Die T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Esthesia T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Eternity T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Fear and Loathing in Keene Valley T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Grand Hysteria T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
It's Only Entertainment T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Jelly Arms T,TR 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Key, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lycanthropia T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
Monkey See, Monkey Do T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Normal Route T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
On The Loose T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Only the Good Die Young T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Peace In Our Climbs T 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b R
Pumpernickel T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Romano's Route T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Slim Pickins T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
TR T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Wheelin N' Dealin T 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a R
White Knight T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Wrong again, Chalkbreath T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Yvonne T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Zabba T 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13
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Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Dave Aldous
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Shared By: Matt McCormick on Sep 14, 2009
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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

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