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The Equalizer 

YDS: 5.13 French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: X- ZA: 30 British: E7 6c R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.13 French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: X- ZA: 30 British: E7 6c R [details]
FA: Craig Smith
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Oct 24, 2006

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The Equalizer has been a test piece for generations, and is THE hard route to do at the Forks. This line features hard bouldery climbing with a dash of decent gear.

Start by a large boulder with a bit of face climbing into a small left facing corner. From here stem, slap, deadpoint, and keep your head together. Very sustained and bouldery. Other known leads by John Mattson, Matt Childers, and Ty Mack placing gear on the run. Brilliant and demanding climbing!


A couple of systems right of Paradise Lost.


Wires, cams...

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By CO_Michael
Jul 18, 2008

I remember a picture of Jonny Woodward climbing this route. That was like a decade ago or more.
By Anonymous Climber
May 15, 2010

First lead was reputed to be Craig Smith, a Brit, in June of 1986.
By Craig Smith
May 25, 2010


I lead it in June '86. As far as I am aware this was the first lead. I placed all the gear on the lead and did it ground up. Russel Eriksson and Hassan Saab belayed me if you need any confirmation. I think I may even have some pics of the first ascent somewhere.

I think Jonny did it after me.

All the best,

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