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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: M. Hackworth, T. Anderson, '84
Season: Any
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Submitted By: Tony B on Oct 3, 2006

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Luke nearing the top of Autumn


Climb up the tan and orange rock (perhaps the name comes from this?) in a corner formed by a very thick left-facing flake. The crux is somewhere around midway to the anchors and is hand-size dependent.
This route and it's neighbor, Rock Wars, are two of the nicest moderate Trad routes in the entire gorge. This climb was originally rated 5.8+ in the 1980's Martin Hackworth books, but was very strenuous and physical at the grade. Most climbers now refer to this as 5.9.


Walk right from the approach trail along the wall until you stand below a massive light-colored roof, a few hundred feet up. There is a large boulder under this, perhaps 15 meters back from the wall. A left-facing obtuse corner in orange/brown rock on the left has a hand-crack (Autumn) and a right-facing obtuse corner is on the right with a thinner crack and lighter rock (Rock Wars).


Gear to 3.5" with doubles in the hand sizes if you like to sew it up.

Photos of Autumn Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Susan Smith top roping Autumn
Susan Smith top roping Autumn
Rock Climbing Photo: Cruising Autumn in August
Cruising Autumn in August
Rock Climbing Photo: Autumn Route, epic climb! good pro.
Autumn Route, epic climb! good pro.
Rock Climbing Photo: another shot of autumn
another shot of autumn
Rock Climbing Photo: great route
great route

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By Nick Stayner
From: Wymont Kingdom
Mar 17, 2008

Taking two #3 camalots might be worth the effort for some!
By jhump
Jun 27, 2009
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Do it like I did it. Only have a few trad leads to your name. Go to the Red in Mid-July. Hike up to Long Wall on a day when you are sure it will rain any minute- 100% humidity. Place all your hand sized gear early in the lead, run out of chalk. Dry the backs of your hands on your pants and gun it through the crux lucky to be alive. Lower as the rain dumps buckets, like it only can in Kentucky. Classic.
By Ryan Justen
From: St. Paul, MN
Jul 11, 2010

EXCELLENT CLIMB at this grade!!!

Make sure to wander to the right about 50ft and get Rock Wars 5.10a too!!!
By Shawn Heath
From: Forchheim, Germany
Aug 17, 2010

@jhump That sounds about as epic as it gets on a one-pitch climb! I can't wait to try it!
By Ryan Myers
From: Tempe, Arizona
Aug 17, 2010

great climb.. ran out of gear.. had to place a #7 BD Hex sideways to protect above the overhanging crack.
By Matt Glue
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 17, 2011
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Great climb. I would consider pretty runout without doubles in #2 and/or #3
By Matt Baer
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 14, 2012
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Great Climb! I only top roped it and the offwidth was tough, really fun though! One of the best climbs of my trip.
By K Gustafson
Mar 19, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

This seemed pretty 5.9+ to me, although I'm pretty new to trad. I don't know where the minus comes from (maybe the top? it seemed pretty cruisy). I brought triples of 2s and 3s and wish I had more. Bring one 4 if you want to zip up the bottom. I don't even know what the top takes after pulling the roof because I ran out of gear.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Mar 20, 2015

In the old Hackworth books, this was 5.8 and Rock Wars was 5.9.
Perhaps the grading is reflective of people's reluctance to upgrade by too much, or perhaps you just had a hard time on it. It is a pretty physical climb, and perceptions of grades are somewhat intangible.
By Backwards Eric
Apr 22, 2016

Gear (C4 sizes): #.4, #.5(2), #1, #2(2), #3.
By Kristi Cookie
Jul 20, 2016
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Take all the #2's you have!

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