Type: Sport, 140 ft, 2 pitches
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Shared By: Paul Shultz on Nov 21, 2009 with updates from Jonathan Steitzer
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Description

This delicate slab climb doesn't require much strength, but instead asks for and rewards precise footwork. The crux comes 2/3rds of the way up pitches 1, past bolt 6.

Master this climb and you'll be ready for inscrutable slabs anywhere. Yosemite and NH await.

While technically 2 pitches in length, the second pitch is so short that it is a bit unsatisfying.

Given how this may be many Philadelphia area climbers first multipitch, you should know that the belays are not at good ledges (semi-hanging belay at both anchors), and you should know the fundamentals of multipitch rope management and anchoring.

Enjoyable in late fall, winter and early spring. Probably to hot in summer.

Location

Route farthest right when facing the wall.

Protection

11 draws to the first anchor.

Wear helmets! lots of loose stuff that comes off the top.

Can be just barely rapped from the top anchors with a 70 M rope. Otherwise 2 raps will be required.

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Jeffrey West
Anywhere, USA
  5.9+ PG13
Jeffrey West   Anywhere, USA
  5.9+ PG13
Lots of fun. A little sketchy at bolt 6-8, but really worth it. We went up with 10 draws and the lead climber had to pull a few on the way to make it. Great anchor/belay station.
Apr 13, 2010
MojoMonkey  
 
A nice option on these colder, but sunny days. The climbing is fun - requiring technique/balance over strength. I would have given it 3 stars, but even after a few years the rock is still crumbling. As long as you are aware of it going in, it is a good time. Nice and long, I went all the way to the top in one shot (which was 15 draws, I believe - including clipping one bolt on the first anchor but not the top anchor).

On one of the earlier bolts the rock looks to have fractured as it was being drilled; you can see about 1/4 inch of threads on the bolt through the chunk missing behind the hanger. Nov 8, 2010
MojoMonkey  
 
As an update to my last comment, either I was less observant last time or rock is flaking off from behind the hangers. There were more bolts with 1/4" or so of bolt exposed behind the hanger. 4-6? I didn't count.

And regarding Larry's comment on the four anchor bolts, the leftmost one is maybe 2" from an abandoned drill hole. Given the rock quality and that bolt spacing guidelines I've seen are 10x bolt diameter or 2x hole depth, I wouldn't recommend anybody running the climb as one long pitch chooses the left bolt to clip along the way, regardless of the hangers getting tightened. Aug 22, 2012
gblauer Blauer
Wayne, PA
gblauer Blauer   Wayne, PA
Felt soft for a 9. There was always an edge (or more) for feet. Some nice crux moves, but, not particularly difficult if you get your body in the right position for the holds. I enjoyed this climb. Sep 22, 2013
Rocket
 
Rocket  
 
First pitch: 11 draws + chains
Second pitch: 3 draws + chains
18 draws total Jul 31, 2014
Tom Thomas
Pittsburgh
Tom Thomas   Pittsburgh
This was a ton of fun. In fact I was surprised how much I enjoyed this climb. Yes there is some lose stuff but overall this climb should not be missed if you are in the area. Here are some long arms of me solo leading this classic.
















Aug 13, 2015
Super slabby, deffinatly shouldn't have climbed this in my Scarpa Dragos, which are the thinnest most sensitive shoes I own. Fun route overall. My brother jumped on it thinking it was a 5.7 (first time at birdsboro), felt like a 5.7 until the last 4-5 bolts hahaha good time! We both sent it! Definitely go up with excess draws, we had to skip 2 bolts! May 2, 2017