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Cat's Cradle 

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

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Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Jesse Ryan on Sep 15, 2001

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Stemmin' out to a quick rest on Cat's Cradle.

Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 MORE INFO >>>


This is a great route well worth the walk after topping out on any of the Walt's Wall or Fall Wall routes. After locating the crag gawking at Lucille, look to the right for this classic line.

Ascend the stemmy corner to the first large ledge. One could separate the climb into 2 pitches after this first 30' of the lead. Step a few feet right and surmount the initial difficulties of entering the crack - seemingly the Vedauwoo theme. If you fall out, you have a king-sized ledge to plop back onto. Once established, cruise the fun, continuous handcrack to the anchor.


A standard rack including a good selection of hand-size cams suffices. Rappel anchors are on the shelf above the crack.

Photos of Cat's Cradle Slideshow Add Photo
Seth Friedly at first belay
Seth Friedly at first belay
Working the boulder problem
Working the boulder problem
Me getting started in the bouldery crux section.  ...
Me getting started in the bouldery crux section. ...

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By Aaron Shupp
Feb 4, 2002

It's pretty rough getting into the crack for the second pitch. The feet are really awkward. However, one good pull should get you to much easier ground.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 22, 2004

I placed a #3.5 Camalot in the bottom stem slot, other than that nothing bigger than hand pieces is needed. The start of the second half is well described as a 5.9 boulder problem, takes some thought.
By Alex Vidal
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 29, 2015

Awkward and strenuous but takes good gear. Might be hard to on-sight if 5.8... or even 5.9 is your limit.
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