All Locations > Utah > Wasatch Range > Big Cottonwood… > Gully of Higher… > Higher Education Ridge, West Face
Avg: 2.5 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, 70 ft|
|FA:||Bret and Stuart Ruckman, 1990|
|Page Views:||509 total · 6/month|
|Shared By:||John Steiger on Aug 23, 2011|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq|
Academia Nut starts near a cedar tree in a right-facing dihedral with a short hand crack. Relatively easy climbing protected by gear leads up the hand crack followed by a left-leaning incipient crack to another corner with a bolt, the first on the route, maybe 35 feet up. Getting past the first bolt is the crux (a "brain-teaser" according to the Ruckmans' 1998 guide), followed by some wild climbing and great position. Expect some minor looseness.
Walk up the switchbacks for about 10 minutes until you get to a relatively large flat area under a cedar tree with a few bolted lines just to the right (Pop Quiz and Basic Aeronautics). Look for the hand crack mentioned in the description -- it's the only vertical hand crack starting off the ground in Higher Education Gully.
A small rack is needed to get to the first bolt; draws thereafter (3 lead bolts total). Include a set of brass or steel nuts (off-sets useful), some mid-sized stoppers, a set of cams to 1 inch, and a 2-3 inch cam (No. 3 Camalot) for the opening hand crack. Rap from chains (shared with Trail of Tiers).
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