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Don't call me surely T 
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Groover (Fischesser Finish) T 
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Have and Not Need T,S 
High & Dry T,S 
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Hypocrite's Corner T 
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Laurel's Girdle T 
Laurel's Snake Dike T 
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Manatee Fluid T 
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Mirage  T 
Mirage Direct Finish T 
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Mutiny T 
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Rock Eating Tree T 
Route Of The Living Dead T 
Seconds T 
Squirrely man T 
Steep in the Teacups of Laurel T,S 
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Stemming Laurel T 
Stingray T 
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Use It Express T 
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Wormhole T 

Fathom Direct 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b R

   
Type:  Trad, 8 pitches, 1000', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Mike Fischesser, Terry Jennings, Henry Browning - 1982
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Submitted By: andjoely on Jan 18, 2008

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Easier climbing to start the 4th pitch, which link...

Description 

Amazing, sustained face climbing. Rock steepens as you get higher, but it becomes a little more featured. End on fathom after headwall. I did the first pitch of begoon-offenbacher rather than the original first pitch of fathom direct (so this is what i am describing below).
P1: follow slabby face up past a few bolts and a couple of gear placements up high to anchors, 5.10-
P2: follow dike up and right past a couple bolts and then go up to another anchor
P3-P4: wander up water groove looking for pro
P5: The wall steepens a little and this is some sweet climbing
P6-P8: finish on fathom


Location 

Look for water groove that intersects with the fathom headwall 500 feet up. Start climbing the bolted line in groove to the left for one variation or for the original variation, start uphill and left .

Protection 

up to #2 camalot. tricams were helpful in at least one spot. Some key nut placements. Few placements on most pitches. Double bolt anchors at the top of each pitch. I gave it an R because tricky moves are often poorly protected and a fall on the runout, featured terrain could be very nasty.


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Wyatt contemplating the wet runnel before the dike on the second pitch.
Wyatt contemplating the wet runnel before the dike...
Fathom Direct looking up the 3rd pitch. This pitch has a bit of a runout before the 3rd bolt.
BETA PHOTO: Fathom Direct looking up the 3rd pitch. This pitch...
Looking down the 3rd pitch groove. Be careful not to take a factor 2 fall onto the belay on this pitch!
Looking down the 3rd pitch groove. Be careful not ...
The rating of this route is not indicative of the difficulties. When the climbing tips into the 5.10 range it is protected with a bolt but the true challenges of this climb are keeping it together on 5.8 wandering slab way out over a bolt.
The rating of this route is not indicative of the ...

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By GWB
Jan 16, 2012
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R

The Have and Not Need 1st pitch makes a great entrance to Fathom Direct. 5 bolts and some gear if you need it lead to the first belay anchor. The traverse for the second pitch would be much easier if not covered with ice. Beware starting early in the winter. It didn't block the forward progress just made it more fun.

Third pitch has 3 bolts and some not so great gear placements. Quite a runout between the second and third bolt. Fourth pitch only had 1 bolt that we could find but it's in a great spot. Fifth pitch is the crux and the bolts are well spaced for the harder climbing. Movement to the last bolt is spicy. This pitch didn't feel much harder than the 1st of Have and Not Need. Lots of fun and seems to be dry for the most part but the upper original Fathom crux will likely be wet if the water is running.