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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 17 HVS 5a
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
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FA: Eric Clark, Ashley Tucker, JS, May 2017
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Shared By: John Steiger on Jul 4, 2017
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Basic Aeronautics ascends a broken face protected by somewhat widely spaced bolts (by gym standards) to the top of the Higher Education Ridge. Look for the first bolt maybe 20 feet off the starting ledge (easily clipped from the left). Follow the bolts above, zigging and zagging as necessary to keep it at or under grade, to the final summit slab. Puts some air under your feet.


Continue up a set of switchbacks from Vocational Training to a relatively large flat area under a cedar tree. Basic Aeronautics is the line of bolts beginning maybe 15 feet right of the flat area, about 15 feet left of an arĂȘte (which is the start to Physics of Flight).


Draws. For the easy terrain after the sixth bolt and before the final bolt protecting the summit slab, consider using a shoulder-length sling (for a large horn) to reach the ledge at the base of the summit slab and maybe a purple, green, and/or blue (No. 3) Camalot to safely clip the last bolt. (Cool heads may get away with just draws.) Lower/rap from chains.


Pleasantly surprised how great this route was. One of the best 5.8s in the canyon imo. Super fun moves and position for the grade. Nice work John.
I placed a #3 up higher on easy terrain as it was a decent stretch between bolts. Nov 15, 2017

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