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YDS: Easy 5th French: 1+ Ewbanks: 3 UIAA: I ZA: 5 British: M 1c

Type:  Trad, 50 pitches, Grade IV
Original:  YDS: Easy 5th French: 1+ Ewbanks: 3 UIAA: I ZA: 5 British: M 1c [details]
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Submitted By: Doug Hemken on Oct 10, 2016

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[Also known as "the old man's birthday challenge"]

I'm putting this entry here as a place-holder. As more people complete 50-route days, I hope they will add their lists of routes in the comments.

What could be more pleasant than going for 50 routes in a day, all ground up? This challenges your capacity for climbing logistics, your ability to keep focused and moving, and is also a pleasant work out.

Should take climbers of moderate ability about 10 hours to complete.


more fun if you visit more areas


as light a rack as you can stand

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By Doug Hemken
From: Madison, WI
Oct 10, 2016

We parked at the CCC, and did this car-to-car in 9:40. 52 routes, because I lost track, and because Gokul wanted to do one more after what we thought was 50.

No Sweat
route 1
route 10

Guillotine Wall
Broken Boulders
Beginner's Chimney
Beginner's Nose

route 49
Barefoot Crack
Guillotine Chimney West
Anarchist Crack

D'Arcy's Buttress
30 Second Crack
Easy Overhang
Darkness at Noon
Chimney's End

Pedestal Buttress
F4 Ledges

Gill's Buttress
Boy Scout

Many Pines Buttress

Moldy Buttress

Leaning Tower
South Face
West Face variation

Bedroom Wall

Devil's Doorway
Bloody Finger
Doorway Chimney

Red Rocks
Red Rocks Chimney
Ledge Jam Crack
Inside Corner
Southwest Dihedral
route 4

Major Mass
Easy Street
route 54
Keyhole Chimney
Sure Shot
West Michigan

Ramsay's Pinnacle
route 8 variation
Ramsay's Ride
route 5
route 3
route 4
Green Ramp
Eagle Dihedral
route 16
route 19

Box Canyon
Box Top
Hitch Hike
Jam Crack

Balanced Rock
Basswood Chimney
route 13
Sunken Slab
By matt poker
From: Oostburg, WI
Oct 10, 2016

Wow, impressive day! Watching you two climb was awesome! I can only hope to climb that smoothly someday. Sorry if we held you up at all on Kenosis.
By Burt Lindquist
From: Madison, WI
Oct 10, 2016

Nice work Gokul and Doug. You had to be moving ultra fast. Did you do rappels in between all these routes that were in the assorted areas?
By Doug Hemken
From: Madison, WI
Oct 10, 2016

Burt, that would be a trade secret!

Actually, you are the person who taught me it is worthwhile rappelling for runs like this - only two or three formations where we didn't rappel.

Matt, we skipped three routes we intended to do that had people on them, but Kenosis was not one we had to skip! Hope we didn't rush you, we had lots of other options.
By Mason Mueller
From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jun 6, 2017

This is Awesome! You guys are awesome! What an amazing day at the lake!
From: Winona
Sep 10, 2017

Are you guys partnering for the trad comp this year? You've got to be favorites if so! Going for 50 on my birthday in a couple of weeks...

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