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Carpe Freeum 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Tom Howard, Lee Carter
Season: spring, summer, fall
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Submitted By: gneiss pirate on Jun 15, 2009

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Description 

Start directly beneath the overhanging corner. Move up and left then back right, placing a few tcus. Climb straight up into the corner. Crank the stout corner move and float up the remaining crack/corner to one of the best belay ledges in the gorge.

To get down you have two choices. Move up and left to a large pine tree or locate a bolted anchor on the front of the belay ledge.

Location 

Located at Middle Hawksbill. Follow the trail down from the main wall past all of the sport routes. Just past a long low roof is a steep, overhanging, left facing corner. This is it.

Protection 

Medium tcus and medium to large cams. 2 yellow camalots are helpful.


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By Coz Teplitz
From: Watertown, MA
Jun 17, 2009
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

I think this is a great route - wonderful rock, cool moves, deliciously steep without being heinously so. However, I think it's much easier than 5.11b/c - I give it a 5.10+. Maybe it's 'cause I'm tall, but I expected to fall on this many more times than I did.

Whatever the grade, it's worth the effort.
By Ben Sachs
Jun 18, 2009
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

Short crux and huge holds make this one pretty reasonable. Probably not 5.10 but certainly easier than other 5.11s around.
By sean barb
From: winston salem, north carolina,
Aug 29, 2009
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

that belay ledge and its spot in the gorge is 4 stars.
By wes calkins
Sep 4, 2011

Finally got the redpoint after a few days of effort. What an awesome pitch. I thought the gear was the crux but then again i am only 5'5. Definitively thought that it was an 11 though it did have solid holds through the crux.
By Brian Abram
From: Celo, NC
May 4, 2017
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

I started directly under the dihedral and clipped the first bolt of Foster Care (5.11a line that heads right). Then climbed straight up to the dihedral, passing a small roof highstep move before the crux move getting into the corner. This direct version was pretty pumpy with some bigger moves between jugs, bomber gear, and it felt 5.11 to me. A double rack of Camalots from .3 to 2 will sew it up.

The bolted anchor on the front of the belay buttress drops you straight into the top of the dying hemlock

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