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YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Fritz Wiessner, Roger Whitney
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Submitted By: John Peterson on Feb 26, 2006

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Keith Hoek tops out on Vector


Another ancient classic - a route way ahead of its time.

The start is easily located - a detached pillar about 45 feet past (left of) Wiessner Slab marks the route. Things start off easy but the business begins when a small overhang is reached. Follow the crack to the top.


Some extra big pieces (#3, #4 camalots) let you sew up the crux if you want to.

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By CTYankee
May 5, 2009

Amazing to think about Fritz leading this in the gear du jour with just a couple of pitons.......
By Eric
Mar 14, 2010

If you didn't bring any big cams, it's not a big deal. Once over the little roof, you can place smaller gear in the back of the crack where it is much less flaring. If I recall correctly, think a .5 or .75 fits nicely if you place it deep enough.
By Timmijal
Mar 20, 2011

Great route big cams are nice but can do without. I am not from the area and used the old New England rock climbing guide to find the place. i talk with a few locals and apparently you can access this from parking up the road. The guide had me park at a golf coarse and hike 30 minutes to the crag.
By John Peterson
Mar 20, 2011

The whole golf course approach is silly. I updated the description at the Ragged Mountain page.
By Eric G.
From: Saratoga Springs, NY
Apr 8, 2013

Super "G" and I felt like I wrestled an alligator afterwards, but that's probably because I exhausted myself placing too much gear.
By CTdave
From: Victor, Id.
Aug 15, 2013

if you dont have any bigger cams big nuts work just as well further back. i stuck all of mine on this crack
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Aug 22, 2013

I can still clearly remember making those strenuous moves over the little roof and in the crack above--I'd been lured into thinking the whole thing was just a cruise until then (this would have been about 1976). All we had then were straight-sided stoppers, hexes, and 1-inch webbing. Gosh, I suddenly feel very old. Really should go back to Ragged this year, for old times sake (with cams, LOL).
By JIncillo
Jul 19, 2014

Got about halfway up this today on lead and was warned by a nearby climber that a large bird just perched on the ledge above me. I looked straight up and a large hawk (maybe falcon) was staring me down. Needless to say that was an interesting down climb.
By Nick Weinberg
From: Lyme, NH
Nov 7, 2016

Easier than it looks - face holds help. Much easier than Carey Corner IMO.
By Robert Hall
From: North Conway, NH
Mar 22, 2017
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I believe Fritz used just one piton, placed just below the small OH.
By ckersch
Aug 14, 2017

The difficulty comes down to a single 5-10 foot long section where the face holds go away. You can place pro at will through the crux, though, and the jams are good if you're good at jams.

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