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Adirondack Rehabilitation T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Amnesia Chasm T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Amphitheatre Crack T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Birthday Corner T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Black Arch ArĂȘte T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Broken Broom T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Carpenter & Das T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cranium T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Critical Crimps T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Crossway T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Dexter's Dugout T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Drive T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
E-stim T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Eatin' Tripe and Lichen It T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Four Ounces to Freedom S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Full Recovery T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Gun Show T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Hang Time T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Here I Go Again T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Impulse Drive T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13
Intensive Care T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Lane Change T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Outpatient T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Parallel Passage T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Pinch an Inch T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Plumb Line T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Post Op T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Recuperation Boulevard T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Reducto Adductor T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Renegade T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13
Scaredy Cat T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Second Job T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Side Show T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Sleepy Hollow T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Suicidal Sydney T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Tilly's Trench T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Torcher T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Tribulations T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Type: Trad, 125 ft
FA: Nov. 2010
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Shared By: Jay Harrison on Jul 31, 2011
Admins: Jim Lawyer

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Description

The crux is the first 15'. The climbing continues to be interesting, though easier, after this.
An excellent line for the 1st 70' - which is why there are now anchors at that position.
The original ascent climbed all the way to the top, through questionable rock, poor protection, and damp sections.

NOTE: A lot of ice forms over the lip of the Birthday Corner early in the season. It falls from >30m up, landing among the base of all the Amphitheatre area routes. Even after the main winter's accumulation has fallen, nightly formations continue to bombard the area. Be watchful, wear a helmet, and if big ice is looming above on that crystalline spring morning, maybe climb somewhere else.

Location

The Amphitheatre is the set-back section of cliff, about 100 yards wide, between the Isobuttress and the Tripe Buttress. This crack lies near the center of the area, identifiable as a thin crack that sweeps right 20' up, with a couple of small rock "steps" leading up to its base.

Protection

Full set of cams from tiny to #3 C4; small tricams, a nut or two.
There is now a 2-bolt anchor at 70'; the rock above this is crumbly and dirty, so most climbers opt to finish the pitch here. These anchors also make it easy to TR neighboring routes.
Nolan Huther
Clarkson University
Nolan Huther   Clarkson University
I would presume the name is a reference to the fact that if the leader, when partially up the route, were to shout, their voice echoes off the roofs. This was the case when I visited in 2016, and gave me a good shock while belaying to hear my leader's voice suddenly amplified all around me! Sep 6, 2017
kenr  
Lots of interesting moves on good rock.
Maybe it's "soft" for the grade (in the sense that it doesn't take much finger or arm strength) if you just commit to the move (from layback right to stemming left), but to me both feet felt pretty tenuous, until I made the next little step up -- so I can understand why some people find it difficult to commit. Aug 7, 2012
Will Roth
Saranac Lake, NY
Will Roth   Saranac Lake, NY
Good route for your first 5.9 since the gear is solid and the jams are plentiful. I would agree that it is a "soft" 5.9. The crux is the first 15 or so feet then it eases off. May 17, 2012
Jay Harrison  
 
Observation: when it is hot, the crux seems much more difficult. Very committing move on lead, and with that greasy-humid feel of hot days, it seems much worse.
That said, it's that one move, transitioning from layback off right to a big stem off left that shuts a lot of folks down. If you can apply a good pc of pro for that move, go for it!
There are a handful of tricky moves afterward, but none so intimidating as that 1st one, and gear is everywhere. May 16, 2012
Kevin Heckeler
Upstate New York
  5.9-
Kevin Heckeler   Upstate New York
  5.9-
Great climb. The actual crux is down low just after the layback. The rest of the climb has a few tricky moves, and I'm sure it feels thin on lead (but very G). Overall though I didn't think it was very hard, maybe even a little on the softer side of 5.9 Apr 16, 2012
Nick Weinberg
Lyme, NH
Nick Weinberg   Lyme, NH
Stellar route! Fairly sustained. The top section reminds me of the last pitch of Sons of Yesterday in Yosemite. Nov 20, 2011