Type: Trad, TR
FA: Sam Streibert Oct 1965
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Shared By: Morgan Patterson on Jun 6, 2012
Admins: Morgan Patterson

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Description

We're still missing a description for this route so some history from our fellow member Mike Heintz will have to suffice!

"Here's a weird bit of Connecticut history for you. Before it was freed, The Cage was an A3 aid climb. As such, it had only 3 ascents before that status changed, including Sam's first. I did the last aid ascent. Back in those days some of us were interested in training for Yosemite's "Big walls", so we practiced aid climbing where we could. It was during the 2nd aid ascent that apparently the leader found the nailing too committing, and so drilled a bolt before doing the last few "Rurp" placements. After completing this 2nd ascent, he then thought better of it, and rappelled down and chopped the offending bolt. Sometime later, this same climber decided the route could go free, but wanted a bolt, right where he had chopped the first one. To his credit, he drilled that 2nd bolt free and on the lead. It just goes to show, sometimes all this bolt stuff is not as cut and dried as some fundamentalists would have you believe. For the record, my aid ascent took place while the 1st bolt was still there, and I did clip it and was grateful it was there. I guess Sam did the only aid ascent." -Courtesy of Mike Heintz

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