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Excellent Adventure 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Parkinson, Cobb - 1994
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Submitted By: saxfiend on Jul 5, 2009

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Kyle Drain on Excellent Adventure.


Start on a small ledge above the trail; move left on the ledge to a crack. Climb the crack and trend up and left to a roof, passing it on the left end. Continue trending left to a final roof/bulge; surmount this roof on its left end, where you'll find yourself on a spacious ledge. Move right to rap webbing on a tree.


Starts about 10' left of the Wailing Wall corner. Rap from a tree with webbing and rings/biners.


Small to medium cams and passive pro; tricams are useful.

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By saxfiend
From: Decatur, GA
Jul 6, 2009

Maybe I'm just spoiled by the other great routes in the Amphitheatre, but I found this one fairly uninspiring. Also, it seemed soft for 5.7. The description in the old Kelley guide doesn't seem to match the accompanying topo, and the actual climbing has only the vaguest relation to either the description or the topo. Though the Kelley guide doesn't say one way or the other, it doesn't look like you'd really want to top out on this route; the climbing above the rap station looks unappealing.
By Ernest W
From: Camarillo, CA
Aug 9, 2010

Agree this feels soft for 5.7, more like 5.5 at least the way we went. Obviously doesn't get much traffic.
May 7, 2012

I did this route late last week and started more to the left than the description (directly under the crack). It was more like 5.7 but that was only the bottom section and not very well protected. It was pretty good and worth at least checking out if the area is crowded on a summer weekend. There is a bit of lichen on the route now but the rap station is well equipped now with 2 steels and a rap ring.
By Noah.J
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 28, 2013

Rap stations are manky, but you can easily top this out in a single pitch and use one of the bomber fixed cable raps into the amphitheater.
By Benandstuff
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Nov 4, 2016

In its current condition- conflicting beta, lots of dirt and shrubs, no clear line- this route is not good at all. I think if someone came and cleaned up a direct line from the start 20 ft left of the corner and going up through the roof crack we could have a good route yet. It might end up being harder than 5.7 though, no idea what that crack will go at.

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