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Darcy's Wall 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  TR, 30'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Jim Erickson
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Submitted By: Dave Bohn aka "Old Fart" on Jun 25, 2003

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My first barefoot ascent in '71


A mega classic by any standard. Start slightly left of the corner and climb up a series of ramping edges towards the middle of the face. The crux is the last 2 moves.


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Rock Climbing Photo: why not heel hook?
why not heel hook?
Rock Climbing Photo: Placing the good ball-nut to protect the crux.  Th...
Placing the good ball-nut to protect the crux. Th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Small gear behind a hollow flake, and me glad for ...
Small gear behind a hollow flake, and me glad for ...
Rock Climbing Photo: D to the I know, it isn't necessary here.
D to the I know, it isn't necessary here.
Rock Climbing Photo: Progression up Darcy's Wall
Progression up Darcy's Wall

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By Anonymous Coward
Oct 16, 2005

Dear Friends:

I came upon this website by accident, but it brought back memories. I was a high school wrestler from Homewood-Flossmoor H. S. in Illinois and visited Devils Lake with a teacher and group. I climbed Darcy in 1969. I remember the thinness of the holds. I had a new (now very old) pair of Royal Robbins climbing boots and was going up from a top anchor point (of course).

I still think of the climb and would like to visit again someday. A lot of year have passed. I live in Houston, Texas now, so I don't when that might be.

Of those attempting the climb that day, I think I was the only one to make it. We camped down by the lake and swam in the early evening. If there was a better way to spend part of one's youth during the summer, I don't know what else it might be.

Best to all who visit Devils Lake. Enjoy the climbing and swimming. Life's too short and enjoy places like this while you can.

Best, KRS
By Paul Huebner
From: Portage, WI
Aug 18, 2007
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

If memory serves me right, like a lot of the climbs at the Lake, if you're tall this climb is a lot easier, especially after the delicate traverse from the right to the left.
By Tradoholic
Jun 25, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Not too reachy, just lock off harder!

Gear is poor, got a small brassy in a crack next to the very hollow flake and some vertical nuts in the seam higher up.

I thought it was more "Last Gasp" than "Last Gasp"!
By Dylan Colon
From: Eugene, OR
Jul 27, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R

Headpointed this last night via headlamp. I put a ball nut and a #0 C3 behind the flake which would have been good if it wasn't so hollow. There is a quite good but blind (while placing) ball nut placement right before the crux though.
By Seth Jones
From: New Lenox, IL
Jun 24, 2015

Awesome route! This was the first wall that really caught my eye at Devils Lake early last year and I was finally able to finish it yesterday. Easy approach, easy TR setup. I recommend getting there early before the sun heats it up. Made the mistake of trying it at 1pm in direct sunlight on Sunday and it was miserable. Would also be a good evening route.

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