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Itching to Climb 

YDS: 5.8- French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 14 British: VS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: gblauer on Mar 20, 2009

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BETA PHOTO: This identifies the base of the climbs in the left...


On the face before it gets steep with the overhangs.

This climb has a polished start, but, it's a great beginner lead. Clean falls, great hands/feet make for a fun climb.


5 bolts

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By gblauer
From: Wayne, PA
May 26, 2009

My second lead ever. This climb has a polished start, but, it's a great beginner lead. Clean falls, great hands/feet make for a fun climb.
By Jon Clark
From: Philadelphia, PA
Aug 13, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

nothing polished about the start at all.
By kenr
May 28, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Lots of good moves + holds. Rather sustained, my arms felt plenty worked when I reached the top.

For me the most intimidating move was just above the 3rd bolt, going up in faith that I'd find something more positive soon.

Before that, making the clip on the 3rd bolt felt a bit scary until I found an incut pocket somewhere among the large but smooth holds. Still more exciting was arriving at the top anchor foolishly with no gear ready to make a quick clip (I guess I was assuming there would a nice stance) - at last I found a sort of right arm-elbow lock to hold me while I sorted out my anchor-making gear.

(It did not strike me that the start was notably polished, nor that slippery holds were an issue low down.)
By Bob Ewing
From: Arlington
Nov 6, 2013

Excellent route, great warm up. Worth climbing again. Seems longer than 40 feet.
By Hoseph
May 20, 2014

After climbing Birdsboro for a few years I can still say this is a true classic. Great psych route and confidence booster for friends that are just beginners.
By Tom Thomas
From: Pittsburgh
Aug 13, 2015

This was by far one of the best 7's I've done in a while.. Great climb! Here are some pics of me solo leading this jem..
Rock Climbing Photo: Mid way up the route - with the classic tree delay...
Mid way up the route - with the classic tree delayer below. so much fun!

Rock Climbing Photo: looking down from the anchors. What a great climb....
looking down from the anchors. What a great climb..

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