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Routes in Higher Education Ridge, West Face

Academia Nut T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Basic Aeronautics S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Big Man On Campus S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Chris Cranks a Co-ed T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Critical Reasoning S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Dr. Luval Goes to Harvard T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Dweeb, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Egghead S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Frat Boy S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Friends in Low Places T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Full Ride S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Grading on a Curve T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Graduate, The S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Lycra at its Limit T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mr. B Cranks a Feces T 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Ms. Luval Cranks a Thesis T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
Order of Operations S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Party Girl S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Physics of Flight T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Pop Quiz S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Professor, The S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Reading Comprehension S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Trail of Tiers T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Tuition Hike T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Vocational Training T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: Bret and Stuart Ruckman, 1990
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Shared By: John Steiger on Aug 23, 2011
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Description

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.

Location

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.

Protection

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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Love the name! Aug 24, 2011