|Main Wall and Right Wall
Begin several feet left of the direct start, then climb delicately up and right on small holds. After reaching first bolt or bolt hole, proceed up.
Usually top roped, but if bolts were replaced, small cams and nuts can be useful above the last bolt.
Joey top-roping the start of 'A Year in the Life' ...
Joey top-roping 'A Year in the Life' (Left Start) ...
Joey on 'A Year in the Life'
Joey in some of the first moves on 'a Year in the ...
|Comments on A Year in the Life, Variation 2, Left Start
From: Matawan, NJ
Jun 9, 2009
This is an awesome route to climb! I had a lot of fun with the start, took a bit of searching but once you find the hand and foot holds it's nice!
Jul 9, 2011
Back in the early 90's when I was learning to climb we went to Allamuchy, which at the time we called Buzzard Mountain. There were some old timers around then and I think the first ascent of this route was achieved by a climber named Lucio, who at the time was fading from the scene. Eventually I lead the route and most others here and then moved away. I still miss the place though- Does any one ever do the traverse left to right on the main wall?
|By Dave Pfurr|
Sep 15, 2011
I've done a lot of crawling up that Main Face at Allamuchy and have TR'd variations of AYITL. Truthfully, I think of the line in the photos as being closer to "Foreign Invasion" as the Nick guide describes it, with a grade of 5.9. Any background or further info. you can provide on the specific variations to AYITL would be much appreciated. I've often considered leading it, but the integrity of that first bolt is uncertain. It has to be quite old?
Sep 25, 2011
I think you are correct- Looking at it I remember a 5.9 up the center of the face. I never knew the name of the route though. AYITL is to the right and I remember the bolt even 20 years ago was old. AYITL I believe is about 5.10- with a harder variation that is somewhat contrived. There is also an easier corner to the right and then a face right of that protected with small nuts, RP's etc. Then a harder 5.10 right of that. I may be wrong about all of this because I have not been there in about 20 years.
Sep 25, 2011
Also I believe the rock is a type of Arkos Sandstone-
|By Jeffrey Gagliano|
From: Pennsburg, PA
Feb 26, 2012
I just attempted an on-sight lead of this route. I'd go with 10+. Ground fall potential. Very spicy.
|By Ed Wade|
From: Hermann, MO
Dec 24, 2013
When the bolts were still there on AYITL we used to do a variation by climbing to the first bolt of Foreign Invasion then moving up and right to a nice jug. You then clipped the 2nd bolt of AYITL and finished on that line Probably only 10a but easier than the normal crux of AYITL and not as scary as the run to the letterbox from the bolt on Foreign Invasion. I do believe Lucho put up most of the variations and AYITL.