Book of Job
Trad, 700 ft, 6 pitches, Grade III,
Avg: 3.5 from 24
FA: Rick Sylvester and Ben Read 11/71 FFA: Jim Donini and Rick Rieder 6/72
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This is a burley and sustained, mostly thin hands-to-wide crack system that offers plenty of fun and adventure. Should be considered a must-do for the aspiring 5.10 offwidth climber, even though some of the harder sections were not necessarily offwidth. This route is very overhanging, exposed, and basically wild!
Start with a steep chimney and go up. The second pitch is a sweet 3 to 4-inch hand and fist crack that seems to go on and on. The 3rd pitch involves working up to a thin flake, making some wild moves up and right on it, then cruising thru some 5.10- thin hands, finishing with some squeeze to the belay on a chockstone. Another pitch of 5.10 fingers (we climbed the left of the two cracks) takes you to the crux 5th pitch. This entails a pumpy undercling out a right-trending flake system. This section felt like 10+ to me but I was pretty tired by then.... if you're feeling fresh maybe it's only 10a as listed in my '87 Meyers and Reid guidebook?
Located on the left, overhanging side of the Dictionary dihedral, it starts by firing up the crack system that starts with the steep chimney. Keep going 5 pitches straight up until merging with the last pitch of Braille Book, and follow the descent as for BB.
Bring at least a double set of thin hand to fist sized cams, and perhaps one bigger-than-fist piece. Some finger-sized gear is also nice. Climbers at their limit may want a triple set of cams to adequately cover the sustained sections.
Double fisting through the offwidth roof. Photo by AJ.
The overhanging second pitch.
P3 is Wild and Wide so get ready and pray for the gods of OW/chimneys...
Top of P2 wonderful crack/face climbing.
Hauling the backpack on P3
AJ jamming on the fourth pitch.
Does it look like Braille Book? maybe ...