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Afternoon Delight 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, Sport, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Dave Buck, 1976
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Submitted By: Jeff Mekolites on Apr 8, 2007

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Afternoon Delight 5.11a, Mt. Yonah, GA.


Afternoon Delight is located on the right edge of the main face. The climb starts down right of a prominent flake. The crux of the climb is between the two bolts. An optional cam or two is nice to have.


Bolts, maybe a cam or three, quickdraws, anchors at the top.

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By Stephen Felker
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 28, 2011
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R

As of July '11 all bolts on this route are new, stainless, and bomber (no more rusty self-drives).
By RadDawg
From: NE, GA
Dec 4, 2011

This was originally a one bolt route. Dave Buck did the FA ground up with a single hand drilled 1/4" bolt.
By caverdave
Feb 20, 2014

Hi RadDawg, a guy who worked for Dave Buck when he had his climbing school in Dahlonega actually put up this route. His name was Tom O'Shields. I think he was from Columbia, S.C. but is out west somewhere now. I watched him climb it in Shoenards with no pro. Basically soloed it while dragging a rope. The bolt got put in later that summer. I was his belay slave and helped him instruct that summer. It was 1976. He put up or freed a lot of routes that summer as we taught at Yonah 4-5 days a week and he was constantly pushing up new lines or freeing old stuff. I really need to look through all the Yonah routes. I'll bet he did many of them that summer.
By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Feb 20, 2014

Interesting, I was a student of the Southeastern School of Mountaineering that summer & also climbed with Tom a fair bit back in those days. He was certainly quite the character. I remember him stitching up his own eyebrow after pulling too hard on an ice tool he was using to climb a tree.
By caverdave
Feb 22, 2014

Hi Tzilla, What is your real name? I'm sure I'd remember you and might have some photos. Yeah, he was pretty wild guy on and off the rock. I talked to a friend not to long ago who had seen him last summer. Said he quit climbing for a few years to get married and was teaching zoology in a college but he got divorced and is now climbing really hard again. Said he went to the Caucasus and did some pretty scary stuff but I don't know where he is now. I think he's in his sixties now but my buddy said he was climbing harder than ever I'm actually surprised he's still alive. Let me know if you run into him or know where he might be. I'd love to talk to him again.
By James Dowdy
Mar 22, 2016
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13

A very nice route - kudos to original HardMan Dave Buck!

Still, with modern shoes, I'd say it's closer to 10d.

Have fun!


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