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The Contortionist 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Adam Fernandez on Nov 24, 2013

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BETA PHOTO: Good Book R + Fairy Tales L: V. Nephalim W. Cont...


From the guide book.

"Up the right facing outcrop."

Make a couple of short awkward moves onto a ledge and then easier moves take you to the top.


Furthest right route when facing the Good Book Wall.


5 Bolts, Bolted Anchor

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Rock Climbing Photo: Making a long reach. This felt stiff for a 5.9
Making a long reach. This felt stiff for a 5.9
Rock Climbing Photo: The Contortionist is right-most, The Nephalim just...
BETA PHOTO: The Contortionist is right-most, The Nephalim just...

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By Hayden Ward
From: NY
Oct 11, 2017

Rock is a little loose at the base. Pulled a plate size rock off the wall at the start. Have belayed set up under overhang for protection and wear a helmet!
By Adam Fernandez
From: Matawan NJ
Nov 24, 2013

I believe this route is actually a harder climb than the 5.10 next to it on the left with a more strenuous stance to clip the second bolt.
By jon crefeld
Apr 8, 2014

It's definitely brainier and I think there is a good possibility some holds broke since it's original grade. But, I have been told that there is an easy way... Just have to figure it out.
By kenr
May 28, 2015
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

To me seemed like one strenuous move with some thought required for how to set up for it.
By Ben Duchac
Nov 30, 2015

Cruised through this early in the summer, and then came back and struggled for a long time trying to get up on the roof - either something broke off or I'm getting stupider... both definitely possible. Felt more like a 9+/10a this time.
By Eric Chung
From: Rockland County, NY
Aug 2, 2016
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Definitely didn't feel like a 5.9 after a couple key holds broke off. I thought it actually felt harder than the Nephalim right next to it. There's a bomber #2 Camalot placement in the horizontal crack under the roof to protect the move right before the first bolt.
By kenr
May 16, 2017
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

My current understanding is that the steel bolts and hangers on this route are a holdover from before this area was legally opened for climbing. They have not been approved (or disapproved) by the Torne Valley Climbers Coalition, and are not maintained by the TVCC or Harriman Park, so whether or how to use them or not is your own responsibility.

For more detail, see The Good Book area page

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