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Overhang Direct 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Wes Love & Clarence Hickman
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Submitted By: chris mcguigan on Dec 3, 2011

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Davids Castle Backside Overhang Direct(5.8) Trad...


Right of Nuclear cottage cheese, crux is at the small roof. From the far left of the Back side of Davids Castle, look at the small roof and the climb is just to the right of the roof. There are two great ledges one before the crux and one after the crux to rest.


no bolts trad or TR, two anchors at the top most TR the climb

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By Nathan Stegenga
From: Central, SC
Feb 9, 2017

Took a big fall (20+ feet) today on this route when my gear blew right at the crux - a .75 in a small pod a little down and right from the number 1 sized crack (DON'T USE THIS EITHER) in the roof. I slipped, took a small fall of maybe two feet onto the .75, the pod blew out, and I whipped about 20 feet total onto my last bomber piece, my number 3. I placed in the pod because when I placed in the crack and pulled on the gear to test it I saw THE ENTIRE BLOCK FLEX away from the larger part of the roof. This block is about the size of a toaster oven, and I am confident that block would have gone (just like the P.O.S. pod did right next to it), and I would be real scared to see the end result of that for both myself and my belayer. The route photos on here show somebody with a number 1 placed right where I tested and saw the block flex.

I climbed back up to the crux to check for better gear and it looked pretty sparse. The pod is even worse now. There might be a decent placement for a .5 or .75 a little higher in the right-facing corner of the roof block, but it still looked suspect. It's probably fine on TR, but I have a feeling it's only a matter of time before that widow-maker pulls off and hurts somebody. I certainly do not plan on coming back to this route - at least not to lead it. If you do please be careful.
By Nate Thompson
From: Columbia, SC
Sep 20, 2016

Tried this route and took a big fall Saturday September 7, 2016. The problem is that there is little pro before the crux, so you must push through to place after the crux. When I fell I broke a flake off the area just prior to the crux. Sorry Mtn. Project fam.

The first 10-15 feet looked like I could find a place for pro, but I didn't actually place until I had gained the first ledge.

All and all this route is a little too chossy and deceptively bare. I would trad lead this with caution. Maybe I'm just sketched out, but climber beware.

Location as described on the site is accurate though.

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