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Above and Beyond 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 250'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Joe and Judy Perez, Al Hospers, July 2011
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Submitted By: twellman on Aug 27, 2012

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This is a fun direct line up the wanderlust wall, with each pitch having a nice face climbing crux.

Pitch 1 (5.9+): Start about 20 feet left of Wanderlust, and climb the right facing corner (with gear) on the right side of the small buttress that Run Don't Walk starts on. Head for the two bolts on the headwall, clip em, and after the bulge head past one more bolt to the Wanderlust belay.

Pitch 2 (5.9): Head straight up past 6 bolts to another 2-bolt belay below the steeper section of wall on the right.

Pitch 3 (5.9+): Head out right from the belay to the obvious bolts on the steep wall. Some fun tricky moves will get you past the first 3 bolts, then follow easier terrain straight up to the 2+1 bolt anchor at the top below a steep wall.

Rap thrice with a 60m to get down.


About 20 feet left of Wanderlust (which has a big blue paint streak at its start), at a right facing corner.


Draws, and maybe 1-3" cams for the initial corner. The second and third pitches don't need gear.

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By twellman
From: Cambridge
Aug 27, 2012

The nut on the second bolt of pitch 3 was loose when I climbed this the other day. I hand-tightened it, but if someone has the foresight to bring a wrench, it could use a good torqueing!

A very fun outing, with well-proctected cruxes, nice belays, and good exposure and views.
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Mar 29, 2013

You know, "thrice" just isn't used enough these days. Bravo for expanding the vernacular!
By Matt Desenberg
From: North Berwick, ME
Jun 29, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Very fun!
By kevin neville
From: Somerville, MA
Aug 22, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

P2 feels significantly easier than the listed 5.9. Cruxes on P1 and P3 are fairly short and well-protected. It works well to run P2 and P3 together; be wary of combining P1 and P2 -- P1 crux is low and your second could deck due to rope stretch.
By Rob Albert
Sep 22, 2014
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

I would not run 2+3 together, since the hard move is close to the move off the belay on P2. You want your belayer to be able to see you for that. P1 is significantly easier than 5.9. We ran P1+P2 together with a 70m rope. Be sure to bring a lot of draws, or else be prepared to back-clean.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Jul 23, 2015

I so wish the belay anchor atop the 2nd pitch had been placed about a 18 inches higher. Makes for an awkward stance when an amazingly comfy stance is not only possible, but really obvious. Not really a complaint, just a minor whine from a middle-aged local. Been looking at this route for years, BTW, and just never got out to do it. You snooze, you lose, I guess...nice job.

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