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Rocking Chair 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Craig Stannard, Bob Cormany
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Submitted By: Chuck Parks on Jan 31, 2008

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One of the best 5.9's in the south


Easy climbing to the first bolt. Continue up the face just to the right of the corner, past 5 more bolts to anchors below the roof. Generally regarded as a safe, easy 5.9.

The many cracks and horizontals in the corner provide an opportunity to lead the route with gear, if you so desire.


A broken, blocky right-facing corner.


6 bolts, anchors

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Rock Climbing Photo: Best part of the climb! Also the hardest part.
Best part of the climb! Also the hardest part.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocking Chair is the red rope on the right.
BETA PHOTO: Rocking Chair is the red rope on the right.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocking chair.
BETA PHOTO: Rocking chair.

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By khowe
From: Knoxville, TN
Jul 27, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Great, easy, beginner route! Getting to the shuts is a little awkward, but other than that, it's a fabulous route!
By Matthew Derrell Williams
From: Holladay, Utah
Oct 12, 2015
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Great beginner lead. No longer cold shut anchors, updated to new bolts and chains...but still awkward to get to them.
By Punter Brewster
From: Chattanooga, TN
Mar 29, 2017

I call this climb "Rocky's Chair" on account of the gentleman waiting in line for my partner and I to finish. One of them, wearing a windbreaker, was doing jumping jacks a couple of feet behind me as I belayed, with a very loud and distracting swooshing of his jacket drawing attention as he switched into running up and down the stone stairs directly behind me while doing undercut air punches with each step. It was all I could do to look around for a hidden camera figuring for sure this cat was just messing with me to get my reaction on film.

Very dirty at the slopey ledgey bottom. Decent but somewhat awkward climbing leads to equally awkward anchors. Not sure I'd recommend it for a first lead, but it's the only sub 10 warm-up for the moderate climber at Lilly.

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