Type: Trad, 280 ft, 3 pitches
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Shared By: Jim Lawyer on Jun 12, 2011
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This three pitch route combines hard crack climbing on the first pitch with some memorable bolt-protected face climbing. P3 climbs the spectacular face of the Quadrophenia rappel line, finishing on the best part of Xenolith.

P1 5.10c: Climb the right-leaning crack with some awkward laybacks and excellent gear to its top. Step left onto the nose of the rounded buttress, then go straight up past some thin, bear-hugging smears to a large ledge with a fixed anchor.

P2 5.10a: Move up and right above the anchor to the arete. Step to the right side of the arete to clip the third bolt, then back left onto the face and up to a large ledge. Place a directional, then go left to a good tree anchor.

Note: A good variation to this pitch is P2 of Hooligans (5.9): Climb the open book left of the anchor to a tree, then step right onto the black face past a bolt to the tree ledge. Excellent.

P3 5.10b: Walk left and up onto a slab. Step left on the slab (purple Camalot) and go up and slightly right on flakes to a good stance below a bolt. A small nut protects the moves to the bolt. Go straight up the face following bolts, then angle right to the open book corner of Xenolith. Go up the corner past two cedars to a large ledge; step left to the Quadrophenia anchor.


At the tow of the buttress, downhill and left of the Old Route chimney, at a right-leaning crack on the right side of the rounded buttress. This is just left of where the trail meets the cliff.


P1: 3 bolts plus standard rack to 2"; P2: 3 bolts plus a red Camalot for directional; P3: 5 bolts plus gear to 1".


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Nick W
Orford, NH
Nick W   Orford, NH
Second pitch is nice. Carefull clipping the first few bolts on the third pitch, as there is ledge fall potential. May 22, 2012
Jim Lawyer

Jim Lawyer    
On P3, there's a bomber 0.5 Camalot, then a bomber nut getting to the first bolt. Pretty well-protected, in my opinion. May 23, 2012
A whole lotta climbing on that first pitch! Every pitch of this grabs your attention. Jul 11, 2014
Nick W
Orford, NH
Nick W   Orford, NH
Yeah, there is gear getting to the first bolt, but as I recall there are some crux moves clipping or getting to the second or third bolt. Botching this would result in a fall on that ledge.

But great climb and overall safe and very much worth doing. Three great varied pitches! Jun 12, 2015
Cowboy Roy
Cowboy Roy   SLC, UT
Had a ton of fun doing this route. Only did it because I needed to get my rope unstuck at the last rappel on Quad from the previous evening (very unlucky). But the mountaineer let me borrow a rope so it was a blessing in disguise. Thought the first pitch was awesome! By far my favorite. The second was good too, actually felt just as hard as the balance crux on pitch 3. If only there was a way to link the face on P3 into the top of Quad this would really be mega classic. I climbed up the lichen crack on p3 (which i think was right) and it was just ok. The face at the bottom is good though. Jul 10, 2018