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The Liberator 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Libby Ellis, Stuart Ruckman, 1990
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Submitted By: John Steiger on Jul 15, 2017

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If The Liberator were on Challenge Buttress, it would be the most climbed 10a in BCC. It pieces together a cool set of features, all on superb rock. Climb past six bolts to chains. The Ruckmans’ 1998 guide says of the route, “devious.” Probably best for the experienced 5.10 leader; the bolts are 27 years old and have SMC hangers.


This is on the west face of Liberator Ridge, which is the ridge just east of Lower Education Ridge (see beta photo). As you thrash up the left side of Liberator Ridge, you’ll get to a section of really good rock. Just ahead is a sole cedar tree. Drop your packs here and spot the first bolt maybe 10 feet off the ground.


Six draws plus two for the chains.

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By zoso
Jul 15, 2017

Still have the 1/4" bolts?
By John Steiger
Jul 16, 2017

Well, the bolts are hex heads, so I'm imagining at least the sleeve is bigger than a quarter-inch. And, yeah, the head is rusted. But, heh, the bolts are close enough together that, if one fails, the medical bills may be reasonable.

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