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Wiessner's Rib 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  , 2 pitches, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Wiessner, 1930s
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Submitted By: John Peterson on Feb 25, 2006

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Nearing the end of second pitch, with talus slope ...


Fritz Wiessner had a good eye for the classic climbs. The start of this climb can be found by heading straight up from the intersection of the main (Tower) trail and the white trail. After hiking up to the base of the rib, walk right and up to a ledge at the base of the route; step left to belay away from the poison ivy. On the left side of the ledge is a dihedral system. Follow this up about 25 feet to a ledge. Step right across a small slab and climb easily to an obvious dihedral. Layback past a blank spot (crux) and either climb a short slanting crack on the left or climb more easily on the right to a big ledge. 65', 5.6. This ledge can also be reached easily from the left.

Directly above an ancient bolt is easy to see. This is "Bolted", an alternate finish at 5.8+. The second pitch works right (ignoring the bolt) and then follows a left facing dihedral. At an old pin (now useless), a long step left avoids a hard spot. Easier climbing leads to the top. 40'. 5.5 (harder if shorter).

One of the best 5.6 routes in Connecticut.


This route is well protected with wires and a few larger cams.

Photos of Wiessner's Rib Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Following the first pitch.
Following the first pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looks like some people still use some of these old...
Looks like some people still use some of these old...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the top.
View from the top.
Rock Climbing Photo: Some of the "fixed" protection on this r...
Some of the "fixed" protection on this r...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back at the belay ledge after the first fe...
Looking back at the belay ledge after the first fe...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lacey Lou about to tackle the crux layback
Lacey Lou about to tackle the crux layback
Rock Climbing Photo: The start to Wiessner's Rib
The start to Wiessner's Rib
Rock Climbing Photo: Wiessner's Rib
BETA PHOTO: Wiessner's Rib

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By T Roper
Jun 18, 2008

sweet climb considering the choss factor of most of the cliff. safe lead.
By Eric
Mar 14, 2010

Shockingly solid for how crappy the rest of the cliff looks. The crux slab dihedral is well protected and very fun, although unfortunately it's over before you know it.

Climbed it right before Christmas this year- it's nice to not have to wade through all the poison ivy to get to the start!
By CTdave
From: Victor, Id.
Sep 6, 2013

Safe to lead for sure. Solid rock all around. One of the sweetest tasting 5.6's you'll find in CT.
By Alex Jacques
From: Burlington, CT
Apr 13, 2015

about as good as it gets for 5.6 in CT. There's a dead bird at the beginning of pitch 2. Sadness.
By czd
May 13, 2015

Bolted is at least R rated. The bolt is terrible and the gear afterwards is so-so.
By Alex Jacques
From: Burlington, CT
Aug 1, 2015

FYI - 60 gets you down to belay ledge with UNTIED knots. Buyer beware...
By Matthew Peddle
Apr 18, 2016

Is it possible to top rope this route or is it strictly trad climbing?
By John Peterson
Apr 18, 2016

You can certainly top rope this but you would have to hunt around a little to find the right spot on top. The abundance of poison ivy at the base makes it less desirable to hang around there or throw a rope down from the top. I've lowered people from the top to the little ledge above the poison ivy and had them climb from there but I've never set this as a normal toprope.
By Eddie Eseppi
May 29, 2016

Definitely one of the best 5.6 climbs in Connecticut. As stated, super safe lead. Little bit of an awkward move to go right on top of the first dihedral, but not bad. Second pitch was super fun. Carrying gear in a backpack will reduce the staring on the approach.
By adkeditor Brown
From: Saranac Lake, NY
Nov 6, 2016

I climbed Wiessner's Rib a week ago. A lot of variety packed into 100 feet. I wrote a short article on the climb for Adirondack Almanack, which can be found here.
By Will Cutrone
From: Wallingford, CT
Dec 6, 2016

Awesome route and for sure of the best 5.6's in CT. Being a climber who attends Quinnipiac across the street, I frequently lead it and it never gets old

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