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Digital Delight 

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

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 300'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Keith Robinson - 1974
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Submitted By: saxfiend on Dec 15, 2006
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Ben Lyon and Ryan Howa at the gear belay at the to...


One of the few moderates in the gorge, Digital Delight is a fun challenge for the leader breaking into the 5.8 grade. Most climbers skip the dirty first pitch, instead opting to take the trail switchback to the big ledge at the top of P1 and start on the second pitch. This is one of a few climbs that tops out on the lip of the gorge.

P1 - climb a vegetated corner that angles up and right to a tree ledge (actually a continuation of the base trail). 60'
P2 - work your way up a chimney, passing a tree, to a sizeable ledge; move left to belay. 80'
P3 - stem and crack climb up a nice orange corner, leading to another ledge. Avoid knocking off loose rock as you move left to a slung tree and belay. 50'
P4 - traverse slightly left from the belay, then move up a right-facing corner, trending right under roofs, and continue to the top of the gorge. 110'


Starts down the trail from Primitive Paradox, about 50' right of Highly Wired. Double-rope rap from a stout cable on a tree at the topout.


Standard rack; small to medium gear. No bolted belays/anchors.

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Cracking the whip to clear a snag on Digital Delight.  Photo by Ryan.
Cracking the whip to clear a snag on Digital Delig...
Moving up after the traverse on P4 of Digital Delight.  Photo by Ryan Cantor.
Moving up after the traverse on P4 of Digital Deli...
1st or 2nd pitch of DD
1st or 2nd pitch of DD
Rapping down Digital Delight, a much quicker way to get down at the start of the day than the trail.
Rapping down Digital Delight, a much quicker way t...
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From: The Deeper South
Mar 29, 2007

Best way out of the gorge to avoid a hike out. P4 gets loose, reachy, and thin as you trend right. As an option, trend left for hard climbing but more holds and less loose rock.

By Joey Wolfe
Feb 26, 2008

The gear on the open book corner pitch(pitch three by the above description) is thin, small stoppers are useful.

By s f
From: GA/CO
Dec 1, 2009

Classic moderate...probably climbed this route 20 times. Consider skipping pitch one and combining two and three. The gear leading up to the crux on pitch three can be tricky, but then you can slot a perfect nut. Beware, a key jug has a huge crack and could break one day (grab it on the left). Be careful of the loose blocks on the pitch four belay. Then, head up and left from the belay past a flake to a cramped ledge under the roof. Step out and right, keeping right. The top out is a blast.