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Hassler's Hatbox Route 

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

Type:  Trad
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Hassler Whitney & Walt Sticker, 1949
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Submitted By: Stacy Bender on Jul 20, 2001  with updates from Nick Spitznagle and 2 more

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This route is just right of Lucille and about 20 feet left of Cat's Cradle. As you top out on Walt's Wall, look left to the obvious Hassler's Hatbox formation.

Work your way through the rockstacle course and down to the start of what looks like a chimney. This climb is great for beginning trad leaders. The climb has it all, cracks, easy off-width techniques and stemming.

Rap down from the bolts at the top of Cat's Cradle. Note: there is usually a stiff breeze at the bottom, so belayers take an extra shirt or jacket. Don't forget water; you'll be thirsty after coming up Walt's Wall.


This route is easily protected with a standard rack. Larger cams at the start and for an anchor at the top, up to a #4 friend. About half way up, parallel cracks can by protected with smaller stuff, cams or passive gear.

Photos of Hassler's Hatbox Route Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun time through the hole at the top.
Fun time through the hole at the top.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the route.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Center crack: Lucille; Right Crack: Hassler's Hatb...
BETA PHOTO: Center crack: Lucille; Right Crack: Hassler's Hatb...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jennifer of Charleston, South Carolina about 20 fe...
Jennifer of Charleston, South Carolina about 20 fe...

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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 22, 2004

Fun route! No offwidthing!
Jul 20, 2006

This is one of the best moderates in all of Vedauwoo. This is an excellent climb to do after topping out Ed's Crack, especially if 5.7 is the grade you climb. Super fun climbing.
By taimi
From: Longmont, CO
Jul 2, 2009

No...Real...offwidth'ing. The double crack at the top is the best. Be forewarned, though--Hassler's Hatbox has seen little enough activity that birds have discovered the weather-protected nature of this crack. As of June 2009, a key hold at the crux is somewhat slimy.
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 8, 2009

Super fun route. I wouldn't call this a beginner trad route by any means (sustained and bit awkward in sections) but it does take gear every where and can be done safely. To get off find a two bolt anchor about 30 ft directly east of the route. One of Vedauwoo's best moderates. Perfect way to add some more adventure to an ascent of a Walt's Wall route.
By D. Scott Clark
From: Boulder
Sep 28, 2015
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

My favorite route in the Voo! It has everything and a very cool exit. Definitely worth climbing. Approach via Edwards Crack and not the convoluted approach in the book.

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