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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Tony B on May 16, 2004

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BETA PHOTO: Poland Hill - SE Side and The Rat Brain.

Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 MORE INFO >>>


This route is on the left side of Poland Hill as the Rat Brain sits to the right. On that left side, a stack of 4 large features is split down the center by a slightly right-leaning thin hands crack that goes vertical then curves gracefuly to left leaning as it passes each of 3 horizontal cracks/bulges to reach a slot up top (5 feet long) and a slab on the left abover that. Climb this surprisingly good system to the top of the slab to a crappy fixed anchor.. Belay here with a back up on your gear.

To exit, top out back behind you (all of the way) and walk over toward the base of the rat brain, just below the climbs Fantasia and Kim.

This route is the left-most prominant crack system in the attached photo.


Good gear from 1.5-4, getting progressively larger on the way up. Perhaps take extra 2.5-3.5" pcs.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Midway up.
BETA PHOTO: Midway up.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pics of the newish anchor to the climber's right a...
BETA PHOTO: Pics of the newish anchor to the climber's right a...
Rock Climbing Photo: An unknown climber 'Overloads (5.9)' at Vedauwoo. ...
An unknown climber 'Overloads (5.9)' at Vedauwoo. ...

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By Sam Lowe
Jul 9, 2004

The climbing was completely enjoyable; from the hand crack at the start to pulling the roof at the exit.

However, belaying from an anchor in the shallow horizontal to the left of the crack makes for a dangerous last move for the follower. Does anyone have any hints?
By Tyler Smeenk
From: Laramie, WY
Aug 20, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Maybe the anchors have changed since the last post, we did not have any problems leading and TR'ing the route. Anyway, I was wondering what side (right/left) most people entered the last roof. I went left side in first when leading and felt like I was going to fall out. My buddy finished the lead and I TR'd it going right side in first, fealing much better. Just wondering if anybody had any thoughts.
By Johan Grahnen
From: Palo Alto, CA
May 4, 2008

Right side in felt fine to me -- decent feet. The sideways chimneying afterward was a hoot, too.
By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
May 7, 2017

This route has rappel anchors, but they are nearly impossible to spot if you climb the chimney right side in. Do yourself a favor: as soon as the chimney eases in difficulty, look to climbers right, up and out of the chimney.

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