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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 16 HVS 4c
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
Type: Trad, 65 ft
FA: Merrill Bitter, Stuart Ruckman, 1987
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Shared By: John Steiger on Jul 4, 2017
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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“Another Bitter tribute to RP’s and loved ones,” begins the description of this route in the Ruckmans’ 1998 guide. The first piece was originally a fixed Lost Arrow, now 30 years old and rusted. With Merrill’s consent, a nice fat stainless 3/8” bolt now backs it up (the pin is there and likely will eventually fall out -- see the photo on the Trail of Tiers page). Still R, though – the next pro is real thin (think RPs and the smallest of micro cams) and if they blow, you’ll risk landing in the shale-toothed gully that you stem across to start the climb. Truly a testament to Merrill’s boldness – leading it from the ground up, he launched off on overhanging quartzite armed with 1980s gear (no offsets or microcams), knowing he would be confronting infrequent protection and questionable rock. (Most of the new lines in Higher Education have required substantial top-rope cleaning to be passable.) Although the route has received a few hours of recent cleaning, expect some remaining minor choss.

To start, figure out how to clip the new bolt then commit to the seam system above, which eventually widens into an obvious flaring, overhanging hand crack. New chains are up and left.


Follow the approach for Trail of Tiers. Dr. Luval Goes to Harvard starts about 10 feet up the shale-toothed gully -- the new bolt should be obvious.


One set of brass or steel nuts (offsets useful), stoppers, a double set of microcams, including the tiniest, and a single set of Camalots from .5 (purple) to 3 (blue) should do it. Lower/rap from chains (also added with M's consent.)


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