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The Art Of War 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter, Pebby Johns, 5/2006
New Route: Yes
Season: Any
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Submitted By: Tony B on Jun 8, 2006

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    This climb has a few cruxes in the low 5.10 range and probably clocks in at about 5.10b now that it has cleaned up. The hardest moves are ~1/2 of the way up the climb and require balance, not power. The route is long, continuous and in places complex for its modest grade. I believe I recall 9 clips to a 2-bolt anchor. The route will be a classic for the area- possibly the best 10 at Avalon.

    Richard and Pebby have cleaned this route extensively, followed by another session of cleaning by Pebby and Bruno. They deserve some thanks and recognition for how hard they've worked at providing an 'instant classic' as opposed to a 'cleaner-upper.'

    The final bit of Art of War has some remaining lichen, but it is not on the holds or at the crux so it does not detract from the route.


    This route is presently the highest route (left-most) on the NE face of the third tier of Avalon. Come around the corner from th Wall of the Goddess and pass Charon's Boat/Merlin's Enigma to the Eastwardly aspect of the cliff and continue for ~100 meters, reaching an area where the trail is less beat down and distinct. Look for bolts going up a clean arete, just a few meters left of an obvious trad line with a fist crack.


    9 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. 60m rope required to lower or rap.

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    By Richard Rossiter
    Jun 9, 2006

    Thanks, Tony. I am glad you enjoyed the route. It was indeed a lot of work to set up as a climb. I had considered this long narrow arete to have potential for the last 10 years. I had run out of less arduous projects, so it was time give it a go.

    This climb also marked my return to life after a bad motorcycle crash 7 weeks ago. So I labored with a broken hand, broken rib, torn shoulder ligaments, knee surgery and a second head injury (one was clearly not enough). But not to complain...I'm back! Pebby was just fantastic on this route. I could not have done it without her hard work and boundless enthusiasm.

    By the way, this route has 9 bolts along its 100 feet and 2 bolts with steel rings at the top. The crux is long and intricate. I thought it was fun, but that's just me. After all, there is no accounting for taste.

    Richard Rossiter
    By Dana Ernst
    Jun 11, 2006
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    My partner and I climbed 8 pitches (including the Art of War) on the 3rd Tier of Avalon on Saturday, June 10th. This climb and Ancient Fright were probably the best of the ones that we did. When you stand at the base of this climb, you get a sense of how much work went into cleaning the route. It is hard to believe that someone was that motivated to put this route up, but I'm glad that Richard and Pebby did. While the route is long and enjoyable, I don't think that it is as good as some of the other routes at Avalon. If you like remote and obscure climbs, then the Northeast face of Avalon is worth a visit.
    By Ron Olsen
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 16, 2006
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    An excellent pitch. Sustained climbing from the 3rd to the 6th bolts: finesse and balance, not power. One of the best 10s at Avalon.
    By Bruce Pech
    Aug 11, 2006
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    Interesting climbing from 10' below the crux roof to 10' above followed by a 5.7 slab leading to the anchors. It's a nice route but not quite of the same caliber as, e.g., Lust or Dominator. Nevertheless, I'd like to thank Richard and Pebby for undertaking the Herculean task of cleaning the lines on the NE Buttress. It's a nice place to climb on 90 degree summer days.
    By Rich Kelly
    From: Boulder
    Aug 25, 2014

    Optional small cam to protect the moves to the 1st bolt.

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