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Duck Walk 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Leslie Newman 1984
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Submitted By: Notapplicable on Feb 24, 2015

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Technical granite roof, face and crack climbing. One of the best 5.10's on the mountain.

This route is described as "dicey" in the Horst guide but it's actually well protected and has a new bolt. Get on it!


Climbers left of Dobie Gillis. Start in the hand crack splitting the low roof


Standard rack. Doubles in #1 & #2 C4 I believe. A #3 might be useful at the top but isn't mandatory. The bolt was replaced in December 2014

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By Leslie Newman
Apr 20, 2017

Hello. I put up Duck Walk in 1984. Took a few trips up to Rag before I completed the route. Ron Dawson and I worked on it initially. First try I ended up lowering off a large chock I left at the end of the lower crack. I remember working out the moves off to the right where I drilled the bolt. Remember standing there hammering that bolt hole with I think a three cam unit stuck in that small crack near the bolt. I hated putting in a bolt but just didn't see any way around it. I took several falls on the bolt trying to work out the moves above it. It got the silly name because I did some silly squat, waddle like move at the very top getting over the top and I said to Ron I felt like I was walking like a duck near the end. Later he had told everyone about 'Duck Walk'. Some really fond memories of climbing at Old Rag.
By Chris Irwin
From: Silver Spring, Maryland
Apr 26, 2017

Thanks for the comment Leslie! It's great (and rare) to hear from FAist
By Notapplicable
Jun 26, 2017

Leslie, nice work on the FA. It's a really interesting and multifaceted route. I tried it in 2013 and just couldn't commit to the crux over the existing bolt. The hanger was so rusted I could bend it by hand and not having it would result in a brutal fall. Borderline R rated climbing IMO. It now has shiny new 1/2" stainless bolt though, so anyone reading this should go get on it. It's a classic. Again, nice work.

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