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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 6c 22 VII+ 22 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 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Party Girl S 5.10d 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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Type: Trad, 90 ft
FA: JS, John Fowler, 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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Grading on a Curve is the longest route on Higher Education Ridge, and if it weren’t for an easy section in the middle and some suspect rock at top, would warrant three stars. (Yeah, I gave it three stars so you might consider trying it.) Climb Academia Nut’s hand crack to its top then stretch right to clip the first bolt. Puzzle through the moves (there’s a reason the bolt is where it is) to get established at the right edge of an obvious horizontal crack, get in a good cam, then climb more or less straight up past 8 more bolts to the top of the ridge. The horizontal crack sometimes seeps and may be frequented by wasps, but other than using it for pro, it is completely avoided -- at least if you do it the "right" way.


See Academia Nut.


Draws and two to three hand-sized cams (Nos. 2-3 Camalots) should do it.


The grading curve depends greatly on your ability to read BCC rock.
Sooo many holds but you have to figure out which ones are trick questions and which ones are crimp-jugs. I vote for no tick marks to keep the grade honest.

This is a 3-star climb. Don't blow the bonus question crux at the end. Your belayer won't be able to see you but will definitely need to keep slack to a minimum as you go for the finish. Its safe so plan out a soft catch but small belay loop to ease the anxiety of the leader.

If you're a chicken like me, you can also use a #3 high in the initial handcrack, then back clean it after you clip the first bolt. Finally, traversing near the handcrack to get to the second bolt is unique for BCC and fun for all of the three or four ways you could do it. Aug 21, 2017

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