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The Nordwand 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Tod Anderson, early 1990s
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Submitted By: Mark Wyss on Jan 1, 2001

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The first pitch comes in at fun 5.10c. This is the second to last bolt line on the right side of the crag. A high first bolt up some slabby stuff sets you up. Follow the bolt line as the route turns steeper, then go through an overhanging bulge. The second pitch wasn't done by us, but it follows the right bolt line, and includes a "tricky crux bulge" just before the final anchor. From these top anchors, you can try "Too!", by scrambling up to the anchors up and right.


This is 2 pitches long. There are 6 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor, then six more bolts to a 2 bolt anchor. It is 105' from the top bolts, so bring a 60m or rappel in two pitches. It is very well protected.

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By Jeff Lockyer
From: Canmore, AB
Oct 3, 2001

The first pitch is amazing, hard to believe that routes like this exist naturally. All I can say is Jugs !! The second pitch is not really that enjoyable, although the 'bulge' as mentioned is certainly the crux and continues almost to the anchors. Stay to the left of the bolts towards the top to get to the anchors, or you will get into very dirty rock. The second pitch is a little dirty to start with as well, and watch fromabove if there are people on 'Too'. DEFINENTLY do the first pitch.
By Bryson Slothower
Sep 5, 2002

The second pitch is good too. The dirty climbing is pretty easy to avoid and the corner has great moves on thought provoking holds. I was able to reach the ground with a single 60m rope from the top. I'd say the second pitch is probably 11- however...
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Aug 18, 2003
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Nice [route] overall, best as a single pitch, but here and there you might want to use a 2' sling to avoid drag that way, esp at the first bolt anchor.

Nice long route with a few distinct cruxes.

I think 11b is fair. Bryson, your height/arm length probably made the 2nd pitch crux reach a little easier. I had to "pop" for it quite a bit and since I couldn't get it static, I didn't know what the hold was like. Pretty hard that way.
By Jay Hippel
From: Denver, CO
Jun 17, 2004

1st might be the most classic pitch on the whole wall. super sweet and juggy. absolutely beautiful climb. mid ten just for the top overhang. 10b or 10c.
By Anonymous Coward
May 8, 2005

Belayers be warned!!!! The flake/crux holds groan on the bulge near the top of pitch1 after the 5th bolt. It may be only a matter of time before someone pulls this square meter of rock off.
By Jon Zucco
From: Denver, CO
Aug 15, 2008

Jug Haul City!! First pitch is sweet, a pumpy side pull helps the direct line over the roof, or go right for more holds.
From: Wherever we park!
Aug 28, 2008

1st pitch is just plain fun. Awesome route.
By Jeff Welch
From: Denver, CO
Jun 23, 2009
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

First pitch is great! Second pitch is decent, but awkward in spots, and the anchor isn't in the best place to clean the route from. The crux sequence is fantastic though hard to read.
The moves getting off the ledge on P2 are extremely dangerous if you're not tall enough to make the clip from the ledge. I could just stretch to it at 5'9", my shorter partner had to make an extremely committing move to get it clipped.
By kjdetlor
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 26, 2013

Great climb to use as an alternate opening pitch to 'Too!'

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