***Climbers MUST NOT climb at GFNP without a daily permit per person in each group.***
This route is privately owned and requires
a daily per-user permit obtained from the Graining Fork Nature Preserve website.
This isn't about just you getting away with climbing for a day without a permit--this is about the climbing community respecting private land to ensure continued access privileges. Don't be selfish--get a permit.
Brilliant stone, great moves and your belayer will be blocking the trail, so anyone who wanders up to the wall will be forced to watch you climb this route.
AWOL is one of the best known routes at the grade in the RRG.
This was my first 5.10 redpoint and I had been terribly intimidated by the finishing moves for a long time. It was very tricky to find my way through all the chalked up crimps while pumped silly.
But then one night I had a dream where I flowed effortlessly through the final sequence and I sent the route the next day.
When the trail reaches the main wall, AWOL is the first sport route you'll encounter.
Bolts, bolted anchors
Apr 10, 2017
As of 4/9/17 the first bolt is spinning. Thankfully a group went before I got on it and clipped the second bolt for me just in case as a group did for them.
Oct 21, 2009
I think the 4 10's on this wall all feel about the same in difficulty. The grade for any of these routes should just be left at 5.10 since how well you know the route and how ticked up it is will influence your onsite.
By Shawn Heath
From: Forchheim, Germany
Aug 17, 2010
LOVE THIS CLIMB!!! The flow of the moves is barely interrupted by the occasional non-jug, but just keep moving and you'll find another set of jugs. Such a cool route. It's like a gym route with how obvious the moves are. ...a gym route that has 1000 possible holds in 50 ft.