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Green Drag-on 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c C2-3

Type:  Trad, Aid, 6 pitches, 500', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c C2-3 [details]
FA: Don Harder, Donn Heller
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Submitted By: alpineH on Aug 2, 2007

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An upper wall classic without the traffic you would expect from such a fun climb. With long corners, big roofs, tricky aid, and some free climbing, this 6 pitch route is a great warm up for Yosemite. It does get some runoff when the weather is wet.


As you arrive at the wall after about 45min of hiking, look 30’ to the left. Either aid up the thin line or climb 5.9+ just left of that. You will see a beautiful long corner about 60’ up the wall, that is the second pitch!


Your basic aid rack with a few larger pieces.

Photos of Green Drag-on Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down at the P3 anchors.
Looking down at the P3 anchors.
Rock Climbing Photo: Barry and Rob at last belay.
Barry and Rob at last belay.
Rock Climbing Photo: Robert on pitch two "Green Drag-on"
BETA PHOTO: Robert on pitch two "Green Drag-on"
Rock Climbing Photo: Barry gearing up for pitch one, Green Drag-on
Barry gearing up for pitch one, Green Drag-on
Rock Climbing Photo: A view of the Upper Wall from the town of Index, W...
BETA PHOTO: A view of the Upper Wall from the town of Index, W...

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By Drewsky
Jul 3, 2008

Now free at .13- courtesy of Justen Sjong and Ben Gilkison.
By Michael Ybarra
From: on the road
Aug 14, 2011

The last pitch blows. The bolt ladder leads to a flaring dirty crack, worse than the last pitch of Town Crier, which also blows. Overall, I found this pretty straight forward. A double set of C3s and C4s and a single #4 was perfect; placed almost no nuts but used a cam hook a lot. Rapped the Town Crier anchors with a single 60.
By Drewsky
Sep 26, 2012

Some beta for the free version:

P1: Really nice varied thin crack with a tricky friction crux at the top (.11a). Eats up stoppers like crazy but cams will work too.

P2: Hard start with a steep flake into a bolted corner leads to nice crack climbing with fixed pins and good gear. Crux upper flared corner (.12a) leads to a steep off-balance lieback section before easing off on the slab above. Bring a couple of small brass nuts for this pitch.

P3: Varied crack climbing leads through a steep section of gigantic hollow blocks (slightly scary). A tricky crux (.11a) at the top ends at an exposed, fully hanging belay.

P4: Exposed move around the roof to a right facing corner. Above a small stance, clip a bolt and continue to the left on tiny crimps past two more bolts (.12c). It's possible and a little more comfortable to belay at the small stance with a bolt and a green or red Camalot rather than the hanging belay under the roof.

P5: From the anchor, climb past 4 or 5 bolts via thin face climbing (.12d/.13-). Do not attempt this section in hot weather. The rest of the pitch is 5.10 crack climbing.

Rap the route with a single 70m rope or grovel up a dirty low 5th class ramp and walk off.
By kerwinl
Oct 7, 2014

Here is the topo from Justin Sjong via

Rock Climbing Photo: Topo from Justin Sjong.
Topo from Justin Sjong.
By Mikey Schaefer
From: Terrebonne, OR
Oct 17, 2014
rating: 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c C1

The original belays used for the aid climb aren't really that ideal for free climbing. when i did it I moved things around a bit. I didn't stop at the bolts on top of pitch two, I continued climbing a bit farther and built a belay on smallish cams, maybe a purple/blue tcu size and a stopper or two. its a much better stance. This also makes it possible to skip the pitch 3 hanging belay underneath the roof. Keep climbing up the 5.10 corner and stop just below the 12c move. There is a small stance there and a single bolt that can be backed up with a #1 camelot ( or maybe #2... its been awhile). This makes working and sending the 12c pitch a lot easier on the climber and the belayer. Not sure why Justin didn't do it this way. its much more logical.

And as far as the difficulty goes of this thing, its definitely a modern grade of 13a. This isn't a classic Index sandbag.
By Drewsky
May 12, 2015

Agree with not belaying below the roof if free climbing. I foolishly linked P2-3 for a 70m stretcher that ended in some uncomfortable belaying for all involved. I also tried to link P4-5 from the stance Mikey mentioned before getting cooked off the P5 crux by the summer sun. I still think that link might be a good option as P4 feels short from the stance.
By Michael T Young
From: Seattle, WA
May 9, 2016

I snapped a fix pin on pitch 2 by bounce testing it. It still goes clean but required a high placement. A friendly reminder to be wary of fixed pins in a wet corner =).
By kerwinl
Sep 15, 2016

I climbed this the other weekend and noticed a few of the pins on P2 are in quite bad shape, I am unsure if they would hold a fall at this point. As I was free climbing and not aiding I cannot comment to whether they will hold body weight. I felt the gear above or below the pins was sufficient for protecting the free cilmbing enough to avoid using them entirely, although it does cause some moderate runouts to occur in the middle of the pitch (the climbing here felt mid 5.10 to me). If planning to aid, some replacement pitons may be in order... I am not the one to jugde if that is the case or not though.

If this pitch was at the lower town wall it would have an endless line, it is a really good pitch that demands finesse, flexibility and some power! The rest of the route is a little dirty, but clean enough for free climbing! As with most routes at Index, it delivers pure fun and thoughtful climbing on immaculate stone!

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