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Hard Times 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 380'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Henry Barber, Dave Cilley
Season: Opens, August fall is best! N face...
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Submitted By: Michael John Gray on Aug 17, 2009

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Emmett exits the chimney section on pitch 3!


Pitch 1 Scramble up the Fourth Class tree covered ramp to a birch tree. (40' 4th class) Pitch 2 Climb the hand crack up 15' to the right facing corner to low angle facey cracks straight up to the tree island ledge with a fixed anchor. (140' 5.9) Pitch 3 Gulp! Climb the chimney/right facing corner to a hand and finger crack. Continue up the corner through the buldge.... To some face right of the corner and a final offwidth short to a nice ledge... Whoa.. Hard (9+? 150') Pitch 4 Up handcracks to ledge and 10' left to fixed anchor. (50' 5.9) Rap with two ropes to tree island ledge and again to the ground.


approx 50' left of Touch of Class


Full rack, #5 cam...

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By Chris Duca
From: Havertown, PA
Sep 21, 2009

On pitch 3, one can alternately choose to stop and belay their second on the chain anchor on the ledge out left right after the chimney section. This is the anchor for "Spirit of Adventure".
By Greg Kuchyt
From: Richmond, VT
Sep 27, 2010

When my partner and I did this we didn't have an idea on what to bring in terms of gear for the wide sections. Hopefully this will help anyone else nervous about this. A #5 C4 can go in the chimney on pitch 3 but isn't necessary as gear is below and above. An acceptable #6 C4 placement can be found the off-width at the top of pitch 3 but also is not necessary as gear can be found below and above.
By lucander
From: Stone Ridge, NY
Jan 30, 2012
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13

I've climbed a lot of 5.9+...and this is not it!
By Simon Thompson
From: New Paltz, NY
Nov 1, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Such a great line. Definitely one of my favorite climbs anywhere. On P2 after the stellar(although short) corner lieback, you can face/friction climb out left instead of climbing the dirty crack. P3 throws all sorts of challenges at you and keeps your attention the whole way. I traversed out to the optional belay(Spirit of Adventure) to shake out and was surprised by the balancy moves required to get back into the corner below the crux.
By Ben Brotelho
From: Albany, NY
Dec 8, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

p3 is wicked good. Sustained, varied, and that heart-breaker off-width at the top!

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