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Occasional Freshman 

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

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 220', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Carlos Buhler, Sue Giller, 1974
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Submitted By: George Perkins on Jul 18, 2007

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Chillin in the chimney of the second pitch of Occa...


Pitch 1: Climb the left-facing corner or the face just to its right for 50', then stay in the left of two cracks to a belay on loose blocks below a chimney/slot (5.6).

Pitch 2: Climb upward through an easy chimney to a squeeze chimney with a big chockstone. Pass around the chockstone and move to the the top of the flake, or tunnel through behind it if you're tiny. From here, hand traverse 8' left on dubious rock with minimal protection to a gully (5.7+, described this way in Sandia Rock), or face climb straight up from the top of the detached pillar and soon you'll reach some finger cracks (also about 5.7+, better pro, I'd recommend this alternative).

Note that "Sandia Rock" rates this climb as 5.8 rather than the 5.7 found in older guides; considering the less-than-ideal pro at the crux, best to be comfortable at 5.8.


When approaching from the La Luz, this climb starts 15' right of the bolted routes (Body Nazi, and Rastafari), in a left-facing corner.


1 set nuts, 1 set cams to 3".

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Rock Climbing Photo: Start of the first pitch of Occasional Freshman
BETA PHOTO: Start of the first pitch of Occasional Freshman

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By Karl Kiser
Mar 31, 2008

The first bolted route to the left is Body Nazi. Rastafari is the next route left, look for a high bolt. Body Nazi is a mixed route. The first pitch (5.11-) goes to the same belay ledge as Rastafari (5.11-). The second pitch (5.10-) goes right and up to another bolted anchor. The left retro bolted line (with permission of the FA party), off the anchor, is the second pitch of Rastafari (5.10). You need a 70m rope to rap off the first belay ledge.
By Chris Cox
From: Logan, UT
May 26, 2008
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I found the first pitch to be basically a free solo for the most part, but pretty easy. (5.6) Belayed at a rap station consisting of a rope around a horn a bit right and below the chimney. The second pitch protected relatively well. At the top of the chockstone I went up and right to the top of a huge detached pillar that forms the chimney. I think that is what most people are calling the "flake". Then straight up the middle of the face with a minor runout to funky pro, followed by a move and good pro to the top. I dont know where the "airy traverse left" was as described in "Sandia Select" (Schein 1999)
By Cody Eilar
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jun 6, 2011
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I agree with the first pitch being pretty poorly protected, but I think it was harder than 5.6. I found the chimney part of this climb quite fun and interesting despite the poor protection (which wasn't that poor). I climbed to the top of the detached pilar and climbed up the face. At first I thought I would have to do a little runout, but I found a nice crack where I was able to jam a red metolious tcu hence avoiding runout. My friend and I linked this climb with Miss Piggy for a pretty fun, G rated day out in the Sandias!

Also, the falcon guide book recommended to do this climb in three pitches, but we found 2 pitches with a 60m rope to work out fine. There was a bit of rope drag when belaying the second climber at the top of the climb, but not enough to be too alarming.

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