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Teetering on the Brink of Madness 

YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 4 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
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Submitted By: Scott W on Jun 22, 2011

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This route is awesome, so sad it doesn't appear to get climbed more. No pitch feels particularly harder than the others, just fun moderate slab, though slightly terrifying if you aren't used to it. Spot on for the grade in my opinion. Finish merging with last pitch of Unfinished Symphony.

Pitch 1:Start Snake, at first anchor head straight up, going left around a large tree. Belay on top of the tree.

Pitch 2: Climb 5.8 hand crack forever, it will thin out, gear to blue metolius. Clip bolt and traverse left to another bolt, then straight up through scoop.

Pitch 3: Climb straight up for a bolt or two, then straight right around the corner, bolts will great you on the other side, meet back with the headwall and pull a small bulge to get back onto the slab, traverse to anchors.

Pitch 4: Climb delicately and meet up with the last real pitch of Unfinished Symphony.


Head up first pitch of Snake, instead of traversing at the first anchor head straight up the crack at 5.8. My advice, setup first belay at past the tree...I didn't and had the gnarliest rope drag ever for the 11a slab pitch.


Bolts, well spaced slab attack. Small rack for the first pitch of snake and the 5.8ish crack leading up to the slab.

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By Brad G
From: 1994 Honda Civic
Jul 29, 2013

This route is mossy, so heads up...
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Feb 12, 2015

FA: Carl Austrom, July 1984
By Drewsky
Aug 3, 2016

Another classic Apron slab outing that's only scary in just the right spots. The route is currently in pretty good shape, with some dirt and moss in and around the easier part of the crack on P2 but little or none thereafter. The first little runout on P2 is a bit of a wake-up call and the bolts zig-zag a bit (bolted on lead, I assume), making the lead a bit draggy; it would be best to put a longer sling on the second bolt, but at the same time I really didn't want to. P3 is interesting because there are two bolted belays and what I assume to be an off-route bolt out left of the second of the belays. I believe belaying at the first set of bolts is best, but either way there's an easier (than the rest of the slab) but still exhilarating runout involved during which you must not fall. P4 is incredibly classy. I think the pitch feels a bit easier on this climb than on Unfinished Symphony, since on the latter you mantle directly onto the glacier polish and must abruptly turn on the magical footwork, whereas in the case of the former you get a smoother transition into the crux. Very fun!
By Raddam6
Aug 19, 2016

Leading from Drewskys comment, do NOT out a longer sling on bolt two of the first all slab pitch. The slab below it has some semblance of a foot ledge to complicate your fall.

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