Type: TR, 40 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: John Fatseas on May 25, 2011 with updates from Brian Malone
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From AFALCON GUIDE by Eric J. Horst:
"Begin at a 12 foot-high, right facing flake 15 feet to the right of Easy Layback. Climb the flake and face above to a stance. Finish up over the bulge to the top."


Hades Heights


Trees at the top for TR. Not recommended for trad.


This route was first climbed by Arnold Wexler in 1943. It's original name was Arnold's Arduous Ascent. Apr 12, 2012
The PATC guide lists this as 5.8. Whether it's 7 or 8, it's a fun climb and one of the longest at Carderock. The crux is the flake. Although the lieback holds are great, the feet are not (very slippery). Once you gain the stance above the flake, the rest is pretty easy. Nov 14, 2015
John Ely
John Ely   DC
In my experience, most people begin by climbing the face just to the left of the flake. A bit easier that way.... Jan 27, 2016
Cincinnati, OH
adamsc   Cincinnati, OH
The feet make this feel harder than Zig Zag to me (which I think is ~5.8ish?), and if we're calling that 10- I doubt this is an 8. I had no idea rock could get this polished, and propose Zig Zag gets a 5.8 and this gets a 5.9 based on current rock condition. However after the top of the flake the climbing is outstanding. Apr 9, 2018