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High Road to China 

YDS: 5.13- French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E7 6c

Type:  Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13- French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E7 6c [details]
FA: Chris Hirsch
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Chris Hirsch on May 5, 2009

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Matt sending this long and pumpy route

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The new enduro line here at Willow. Comparable to "Rejection and Mercy" and "Business Time". Pull through the crux in the first large roof. Then traverse right at the huge hueco (6th bolt) on great solid rock. Then head straight up at the break in the second tier. Climb with caution from here to the anchors, this is a new route, stuff is still breaking off.


Start on "The Mono Route" just right of the "Rejection and Mercy" crack, break right after the sixth bolt.


15 bolts and a set of anchors. Please do not toprope off of the fixed gear at the top, use your own draws for that. If the biners on the chains look worn or do not work properly, please replace them. It's good karma.

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Rock Climbing Photo: the second roof
the second roof
Rock Climbing Photo: Final crux...right at the top
Final crux...right at the top

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By AntVicino
May 5, 2009

Dang you, Chris! Stealing my FA... It's unlikely that I will ever forgive you!

Good job, though! Another awesome Willow line..
By Ryan C.
From: Woodbury, MN
Aug 2, 2012
rating: 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c

It is much cleaner now. Most handholds should be good. If you get crazy with your feet you will most likely find loose rock (so make sure people are not in the river below you while you are on it). This is a great line and the last four bolts to the anchors will test your endurance.

Also it can be interesting to figure out the direction of travel at one point, just take the time. Well worthwhile of a climb.
By randy baum
From: Minneapolis, MN
May 1, 2013

without some quickdraw jestery, this route has terrible rope drag, as OMG-i-cannot-even-be-lowered rope drag. yea, OMG, bro. OMG.

here's the beta to keep things drama free:

-bring a stick clip

-climb to the first bolt, go in direct, then stick clip draws on the bolts in the middle of roof (long petzl or bd draws work best). make sure your rope is through the first draw in the roof, that way you can lower off that bolt and remove the first bolt on the route (the bolt that is just 15 ft or so above the ground). removing the first bolt is key to reducing rope drag.

-once you are on lead, be sure to clip a double-length draw (or a normal length runner) on the bolt just above the roof. from here to the anchors,the remaining bolts all take normal length draws.
By KurtH
May 22, 2015
rating: 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c

This route is seeing a notable resurgence right now and for good reason! An excellent, long, pumpy and adventurous line with a heartbreaking finish high up. There's been a crew working it and have cleaned off a lot more rock - it's feeling real nice.

All rope drag can be entirely eliminated by using long runners from the lip of the first roof to just over the second, then long draws from there to the top.

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