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The Barkeater Cliff
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Bachelors and Bowery Bums T 
Because Dogs Can (P1) T 
Big Bertha T 
Eat Yourself a Pie T,TR 
Finger It Out T 
Flexi Flyer T 
Fun City T 
Fun Country T 
Good Dough T,TR 
In the Chimney T 
Joshua Climb T 
Lick It Up T 
Mr. Clean T 
Mr. Dirty T 
On The Leash T 
Overdog T 
Rule of the Bone T 
Yakapodu T 

Big Bertha 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Chris Duca on Oct 24, 2007

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Near the end of Big Bertha (5.6) at the Barkeater ...


Haven't a clue as to the origin of the route's name, but what the heck, it's fun, requires some interesting--but not mandatory--butt-scumming, and is within tickling-distance to "Mr. Clean", so why not climb it?!

This is the ramp-like crack system that meanders its' way up the cliff just to the left of the "Mr. Clean" corner. Climbing this to a fun high step into, and through, a V-notch. Continue up the low-angle crack system to chain anchors.


10 feet to the left of "Mr. Clean".


A rack including some small pieces...nothing larger than a yellow Camalot.

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By Greg Kuchyt
From: Richmond, VT
Apr 29, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

According to the Adirondack Rock guide book, the name comes from the name given to a large block precariously perched atop the climb. This block has since been pried off and now lives at the base of the climb.
By micah richard
From: Litchfield, Connecticut
Jul 9, 2012

nice 5.6 lead with great gear. a few commiting moves here and there make this super fun.
By Dominic Rickicki
Apr 1, 2015

Doubles in .75 - 1 camalots will help a leader at his limit on this. Really fun movement on this guy for the grade. Crux is a little awkward, definitely some butt-scumming fun. I enjoyed the flake moves up top the most.
By gblauer
From: Wayne, PA
Jul 4, 2015

I thought this was very thoughtful for the grade. I would not recommend this to a new 5.6 leader. Felt 7ish to me.
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