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Lonely Challenge 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Art Gran and Joe Kelsey, 1965
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Submitted By: BrianRH on Apr 30, 2012  with updates from Kurtz

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Lonely Challenge


Head up the open book on the left to start, then up the face on the right to a small birch tree. Step right and go up to the obvious left-facing corner. Follow that up to a roof on the right. Move right, and head for the ledge with the pine tree that used to be the rap station. It is still there but is now perpendicular to the cliff. Anchor here, but transfer another 20-30 feet right to another rap station to descend (2013).

It looks kind of bushy from the ground so is easily passed over, but turns out to be a very nice pitch for the grade.

P1 is 80 ft. but P2 and P3 add another 80 and 100 ft.


After you've passed Birdland and Grease Gun Groove, keep walking until the trail heads just slightly uphill, then starts to head back down. The apex of the trail corresponds to an open book in the rock, and a very slabby left-leaning undercut crack (lower left of picture) formed by a block. The face left of and above this crack is Lonely Challenge - aim for the set of corners above leading to the tree on the ledge.


Standard rack.
Rap off the anchors on the tree about 25 feet to the right. above "Fat and Weak"/ Grey Gully.

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By gblauer Blauer
From: Wayne, PA
May 29, 2013

I thought this was a fun climb and worth doing to the top. P2 has an alpiney feel, some broken/suspect rock that can be easily avoided. P3 is great for a new leader, as you can bail right and stay in the 5.2 range the whole way. Pulling the roof is 5.5. Overall, it's a nice moderate climb that doesn't seem to get a lot of traffic. Gear is great all the way up.
By Kurtz
Jul 24, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I thought P1 was pretty stiff for the grade. The birch tree is very short and now dead. We accepted the challenge and continued to the top, linking P2 and P3 in one 60m pitch. It was hard to tell where the official route went so I just followed the most "appealing" line and tried to drag my second over as much loose rock and lichen as possible. Alpine feel, indeed!

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