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The Commander 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 5 pitches, 450'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Randy Leavitt, Brian Spiewak, Chris Hubbard, Glen Svenson, Ross Garrett, Graham Colgan, Zack Dembitsky, Todd Smith & George Hoover
Season: Fall - Spring
Page Views: 3,865
Submitted By: Joseph Lascurain on Dec 28, 2011

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First pitch of Comander!!!!! Sustained V3!!!

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Pitch 1 (5.11c): Hard start moves up and left to crux to gain belay ledge. Use belay bolt.
Pitch 2 (5.11b): Another hard start on the block above belay anchors. A couple of mantles will get you to the sharp crimp crux of the pitch to gain a good (although worst of the route) belay ledge.
Pitch 3 (5.11b): Climbs up and right to the steep bolted section of wall. More good sharp crimps will get you to a large belay ledge known as the command center.
Pitch 4 (5.10b): Climbs the route above the huge rap bolt/hanger. Nice varied climbing and a nice rest after the previous 3 pitches.
Pitch 5 (5.12a): Crux pitch. Climb starts straight up above belay anchors. Bolt spacing is a bit further apart than the previous harder pitches until you reach the steep crux section.


Directly infront of you from approach trail. Scramble up dirty loose rocks to first belay ledge.


Bolts. Rap Anchors.

Photos of The Commander Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: AC on 5.10b Pitch
AC on 5.10b Pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Near the top of Pitch 4
Near the top of Pitch 4
Rock Climbing Photo: The beautiful 4th pitch
The beautiful 4th pitch

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By GoBoy
Nov 7, 2012

This is a great route! The last 2 pitches are as good as it gets.
By Josh Higgins
Mar 9, 2016
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

I've done this route a number of times, and it is probably harder than rated. I'd give a pitch breakdown like this:
Pitch 1 - 11d
Pitch 2 - 11d/12a
Pitch 3 - 12a
Pitch 4 - 5.10
Pitch 5 - 5.12b or c

My friends and I have always thought the route was 5.12b. I did another burn on the route today, and even though I haven't done it for a couple of years I felt that some holds might have broken around the crux on the 2nd half of the last pitch. The reaches were larger, fewer holds, and it might be 5.12c now. I remember a bunch of tick-tacky little holds that led to a confusing sequence which added to the difficulty. Today was just massive reaches between usable holds. Maybe I'm getting older and weaker, but I believe the route got a little harder.

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