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Big Dreams  S 
Bulge to Groove T,TR 
Chimney T,TR 
Deflator-Mouse T,S 
Dihedral T,TR 
Dirty Boulevard, The S 
Eye of the Tiger S 
Face T,TR 
Face (left of Freeway) TR 
Feline Antics S 
Freeway T,TR 
Groper S,TR 
Honey Pot S,TR 
Joint Therapy S 
Jug Haul T,TR 
Lou Reed  T 
Pit of Despair, The T,S 
Scantily Trad T 
Slot Machine S 
Smokin' John (submitted as Roof Rack) T 
Sweet Petite S 
Turning Point S 

The Pit of Despair 

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

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: RMWright, Summer 2013
New Route: Yes
Season: Typical of Dumont
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jul 11, 2013

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Donnie M. on pod. Thanks Richard. Another stellar...


The POD was intended as a warm up for the harder routes at the Mill Creek Crag. It is a sub-vertical slab that begins on thin edges and ends on huge holds. The rock quality is good throughout. One can catch a little caving experience on The POD as well. When lowering off the anchor, just squeeze through the slot on the right at the base. It takes you into a large cave feature that can be ascended on top rope as a chimney. If you get down but cannot get out, the cave can be accessed from the base of the crag for an easy escape.


This is 50 feet right of Sweet Petite. Downclimb the corner on the left side of the slab.


Six quickdraws, a #2 1/2 or #3 1/2 Friend or equivalent, and something for the double bolt anchor at the top. The Friend placement is not really optional. If, for some reason, you did not place the Friend and you failed to clip the bolt above and fell, you would definitely hit the ground.

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