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Knock on Rock 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: saxfiend on Nov 26, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: S Matz at base of Knock on Rock, Nov 2005 (before ...


A bouldery start on crimpy holds makes this a really tough climb to get off the ground. Rumor is that a key hold has broken off, which might explain the laughably sandbagged 5.7 DCA rating.

Starting below an overhanging arete, claw your way up on thin holds to somewhat easier ground. Stick-clipping the first bolt is strongly recommended. If you can't make the bouldery start, the right face of the arete is a somewhat easier alternative. Follow the arete, then trend right to finish on the Walk By Me anchors.


Just past the trailside kiosk, starts left of Walk By Me.


Three bolts, bolted anchors (shared with Walk By Me). Some medium cams are recommended in addition to the bolts.

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By Jeremy Hand
Aug 23, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Climbed the arete using the small crimps on the right face. SUPER, SUPER run-out on way easy climbing. Stick clip is extremely suggested. There is a great possibility of decking if you don't clip right.
By Mark O'Neal
From: Nicholson, GA
Jun 9, 2013

Skip the stupid boulder start by moving 10 feet to the right. You can then angle up and left on good holds and just clip the 2nd bolt. The rest of it is fun
By adoit90
From: Atlanta, GA
Mar 14, 2014
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

Much easier if you start right of the arete then traverse left to the bolts as others have mentioned. If you don't have any/don't want to place any trad gear, traverse right to Walk By Me's top couple of bolts to avoid getting too run-out before the anchors.

Okay climb, but some weird moves and way too run-out for my taste.
By Robert Hall
From: North Conway, NH
Feb 27, 2017

Climbed this in Nov 2005 when we were visiting there. My Recollection is it was about 5.7 then, so if consensus is 5.9+, most likely something changed, or we "cheated" by starting right-ish???

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