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Keep on Struttin' 

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

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: P1: Dick Williams & Dave Loeks, 1973 P2: Dave Loeks & Walter Bauman, 1973
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Submitted By: Mike fenice on May 24, 2006

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Adam pulling the crux on pitch 3(5.9) of Keep on S...


This is Gunks must-do, especially for climbers breaking into the grade (but see comments below - Admin.).

P1: The number of variations you can climb to the GT are endless, but this one is well worth doing. Start 30' left of Moonlight. Climb straight up and past a small right-facing flake to some face holds. Move a bit right on the face to hit the belay tree (gear is thin here so watch your step). 5.8, 160'.

P2: Walk right 10' and climb the orange face to a pocket, then straight up past a small overhang to a stance. Diagonal up and left (5.7, PG-R) to a bolt with a good stance, traverse left into the notch at a fixed pin in the roof. Pull the roof on strenuous holds and belay below the right-facing corner. 5.9, 50'.

Use long runners if you combine the next pitch:

P3: Move up the obvious corner to the overhang and step right, 5.9, 40'.

Pitches 2 & 3 can be combined if you are careful about rope drag in the beginning.

Descent: Three rappels from bolted anchors over No Glow will get you to the ground with a single rope.


A light single rack will do

Photos of Keep on Struttin' Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam pulls past the crux on pitch 2(5.9) of Keep o...
Adam pulls past the crux on pitch 2(5.9) of Keep o...
Rock Climbing Photo: At the p3 crux
At the p3 crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Gripped
Rock Climbing Photo: p3 crux
p3 crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam starting up the fun stemming corner on pitch ...
Adam starting up the fun stemming corner on pitch ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lucander engaging the bolted crux section on p. 2 ...
Lucander engaging the bolted crux section on p. 2 ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lucander off the GT Ledge on p. 2 of Keep on Strut...
Lucander off the GT Ledge on p. 2 of Keep on Strut...
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the second pitch.... awesome!
Starting the second pitch.... awesome!
Rock Climbing Photo: really fun route but kind of soft for 5.9
really fun route but kind of soft for 5.9
Rock Climbing Photo: it's starting to slab out now
it's starting to slab out now
Rock Climbing Photo: eek steeper
eek steeper
Rock Climbing Photo: steep
Rock Climbing Photo: Mix on Keep on Struttin 11/09
Mix on Keep on Struttin 11/09
Rock Climbing Photo: A wider view.
A wider view.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tricia below the crux.
Tricia below the crux.

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By blah blah
May 25, 2006

Breaking into the grade? What grade are you talking about? This climb is (a) somewhat spicy and (b) pumpy as hell...

If you want to break into the 9+ grade, go throw yourself at Bonnie's Roof Direct or Beatle Brow Bulge or Obstacle Delusion... better protected climbs in my opinion... it's been awhile since I have climbed this, but I found it quite hard...
By Mike fenice
From: Boulder, CO
May 25, 2006

Obstacle Delusion is 10b and Bonnie's Roof Direct is a one-move wonder. Not to mention Bonnie's is completely different climbing then Keep on Struttin'. Both climbs protect very well and are safe.
By L. Hamilton
Nov 27, 2006

It's a fine route, although not one I'd recommend for "breaking into the grade." It starts interesting right off the ledge, and there are only a few placements before the bolt at 30'. The move above the bolt is tricky for 5.9, and there's no fixed pro (as of 11/2006) on the strenuous traverse -- you have to hang on to place a cam.

The third pitch is not sustained, but its last moves give one more crux.
By lucander
From: Stone Ridge, NY
Mar 7, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13

THE 5.9 if you ask me. First pitch is fun and long, second pitch throws more at you in 50 feet than most any other climb, and the last move is a stinger!
By Pawel Janowski
From: WA
Nov 18, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

P2-P3 linkup makes for a super-classic climb that reminds me of Arrow only harder: steep roofy section followed by fun technical climbing in beautiful white rock and a fun memorable finishing move.

Didn't feel the middle section of P2 was very run out (purple C4 sits well after the first little roof) though a bit strenuous to place gear.
By David Stowe
May 9, 2015

On pitch 2 good gear is in a pocket about 10 feet up, and then more good gear in horizontals at the overhang. If you can sling everything long on this it makes for a fantastic link up of pitches 2 and 3 into one great long pitch of 5.9.
By M Bageant
From: Cambridge, MA
Apr 18, 2016

Found it stout but surprisingly good. P1 was some thoughtful routefinding and interesting movement. P2 had a great variety of moves, including some excellent cranking. P3 felt much easier than P2 with only a few technical moves in the corner right off the belay. It is tough to link them while avoiding rope drag and the P3 belay is a nice spot, takes small cams/med nuts for an anchor, so next time I'd say split them.

Shorties beware, if your reach is ~5'5" or below, this climb will be somewhat harder for you. Big reaches between horizontals with thin gear below your feet on P1, and one big reach at the section with the bolt on P2 will reward the tall.

On P1, keep an eye out for the bomber 0.5 Camalot sized pocket off to the left about 30' below the top; it's one of the last bomber gear placements before a big but easy runout and I found myself climbing a little to its right and almost missing it.

The "PG-R" section of 5.7 before the bolt is runout but not committing.
By Eric Bluemn
From: Worcester, MA
Aug 20, 2017
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13

Like many of the routes on this part of the wall, p1 has some thoughtful moves above your pro with potential ground-fall in places. Keep your head up, or hook up with p2 from the GT ledge. P2 and P3 have generally good pro and absolutely stellar climbing.

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