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'D' Route T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Black Powder T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
C T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Daniel's Variation T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Great Escape, The T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Hard Up T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hard Up Direct T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hard Way Up, The TR 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Hard-On T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sign Route T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Space Walk T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Type: Trad, 225 ft, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: John Ely on May 24, 2013 with updates
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Description

The start is obvious -- near a tier of jagged blocky ledges. Climb past these along the large corner above. The cleanest route climbs on the rampy face to the slight right of the vegetated corner.

Pitch one to a big tree on a big ledge about 100' up. Pitch two climbs the slot/chimney directly above to a bolted anchor. A third optional fourth class pitch takes one to the top for a great view. A steep vegetated walk down is possible a hundred yards or so to the north (left). Alternately skip the last pitch and rap from the tree to the bolts and then down (but note warnings from those who have both gotten their rope stuck and missed the view).

Location

About 25 yards up and left of the "hard up" route in the corner that forms the left side of the 'Sign Face.'

Protection

Big tree anchor at top of first pitch; bolt anchor for second pitch; bring usual rack for protection between the anchors. Mostly solid rock, but use care in places.
Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
Burton Rosenberger   Woodbridge, va
The large rock I pull on at the beginning of this route is now beside the small tree ... which now features a gash (or so I have been told)

Hornets at 5:55 are indeed active right now but they didn't bother me. Instead they kind of looked at me like "who is this guy."

Sadly I don't have the second pitch of this as I had to rescue some climbers on Hard Up and recorded it instead :/

The kalquin cam blowing on test was because I pulled the stem and not the tether as I placed it in the same spot for the following test.

If you are at the sign wall at start of hard up you can traverse left around the corner to this climb. I did so with a 50lbs pack on and minimalist shoes so it isn't too bad ;)

Be safe out there.

youtu.be/GrVbsD6AWz4 Oct 23, 2017
Fan Zhang
Washington, DC
  5.5
Fan Zhang   Washington, DC
  5.5
Although you can reach the ground in a single rappel over Hard Up using two 60m ropes, I strongly recommend against this option. I did this climb two weeks ago and did a single rappel (over Hard Up on the Sign Wall) using two 60m 8.5mm double ropes. It was almost impossible to pull the ropes because of the friction caused by the location of the rap rings relative to the edge of the cliff. Today I did this climb again, doing a single rappel (again, over Hard Up on the Sign Wall) with two 60m, 9.5mm single ropes. This time, the extra weight of the ropes and extra friction made it in fact impossible to pull them. Even if climbing with two 60m ropes, I recommend either topping out and walking off, or doing two single rope rappels, and preferably rappelling over the "D" route instead over Hard Up. The location of the bolted rap rings at the top of the chimney pitch makes pulling the ropes very difficult, even if pulling a single rope, if you rappel down Hard Up. Nov 19, 2016
Just climbed this route today and it's super awesome!! Bring lots of slings to reduce rope drag. I found the crux to be the start of the first pitch and then the move to get into the chimney. Also I think it's worth mentioning that the second pitch is only like 30ft long, but I would still recommend doing this climb in two pitches. Dec 31, 2015
Climbed this early on a September Saturday with my 10-year-old son as my second.

I agree with the commenter saying the first 20' or so is the crux. It wasn't hard, but there wasn't good pro and the rock felt a little slick, maybe from humidity.

I also agree with the person saying that the bolts are above the second pitch and the big tree belay is atop the first. It's more than a matter of agreeing; it's fact.

Not a knock on the guy who put up this page in the first place. He has a lot of good beta here and on other sites. He just made a goof here. Nov 12, 2015
Climbed this in two pitches on a bluebird day this past Sunday since a couple (with an adorable and super friendly pitbull) was already on Hard Up.

P1 goes up the ramp on good holds but mediocre protection until the first large ledge. Mind the choss and belay from the tree.

P2 is great fun with a slightly tricky slot chimney with great pro to a bolted anchor. Great photos if you can get get 'em. The two pitches can probably be combined with a 70m if you don't mind some drag on the top belay.

Descent: We scrambled to the summit and walked off for the cardio, but the rap rings and bolts looked solid. Nov 9, 2015
Shop tech
Lakewood, CO
 
Shop tech   Lakewood, CO
 
Climbing it with my 60 something year old dad, first twenty feet was the crux for me. For the first piece, I found a bomber BD #10 hex sideways in a slot above the scramble start.

Oh, Bolts are at the top of the second pitch, not the first... Tree anchor at the top of first pitch.

Hope you're good at yelling 'rock' before you get to the top of the first pitch. Jul 18, 2014
MealyM Mealy
Frankfurt
 
MealyM Mealy   Frankfurt
 
Recommend the leader not carry a pack on p2 in order to fit into the slot. Also, I found having a #3 and #4 helpful at a couple spots. Oct 21, 2013
Davith
MD
Davith   MD
Can't wait to check this climb off my list. It looks like a good way to start off long trad climb. Jul 15, 2013
John Ely
DC
 
John Ely   DC
 
The Horst Guide calls this 5.4. The second pitch slot felt a little harder to me, say 5.5 May 24, 2013