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Trail of Tiers
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|FA:||Stuart and Bret Ruckman, 1990|
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|Shared By:||John Steiger on Aug 23, 2011|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq|
DescriptionMore sustained and varied than Academia Nut to the right, this may be the best route in the Gully of Higher Education, except for maybe Merrill Bitter's Ms. Luval Cranks a Thesis (that's going to take some sucking up to get on).
After spotting the first bolt, start about 10 feet right in a right-diagonalling thin crack to get established on the slab. The topo in the Ruckmans' 1998 guide shows a pin somewhere near here, but it apparently rusted out (see photo) and is not needed in any event. Catch a left-leaning crack and stand tall to clip the first bolt. From here thoughtful and occasionally powerful climbing leads over several tiers to a desperate pull over the lip of the last and largest one to gain the anchors.
The Ruckmans' guide says of the route, "Neat headrests"; this perplexed me for years until Bret told me they were referring to protrusions under one of the tiers that gave a no hands rest. I think those protrusions have fallen off. Expect some minor looseness.