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Higher Education 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a

Type: Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: TBD on Jun 8, 2003
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Between bolts 2 & 3 on Higher Education.

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This route is the bolted line to the right of Elusive Wapati. There are 4 bolts to cover 90 feet of climbing, so it's a tad run-out without many "easy" sections.

Start to the right of Elusive Wapati, climb up and right for about 25 feet to the first bolt. Alternatively, climb up between the wall and the large boulder to the right of the start before tackling the wall straight on. From the first bolt, angle/ traverse to the left to the second bolt. After the second bolt, the route trends back to the right to the third bolt. The forth bolt is some distance straight up, and the finish is even farther. Overall, the climbing is fairly consistant.

This climb is very enjoyable, however, not best for your first 5.10 in the Platte, due to the run-outs. In fact your best first 5.10 in the Platte is a 5.9, and your best first 5.9 is a 5.8, and so on. You get the picture.


4 bolts with a 2 bolt anchor. Shares anchor with Elusive Wapati and Sex Favor.

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By Guppy
Jun 10, 2003

I was shakin' like a leaf after the first clip. This climb really tests your courage.

HINT:if the first runout freaks you out as much as it did me, try to place in the mini crack before the first clip. there is a small opening toward the top of the crack which can maybe fit like a #1.

By Michael Murphy
Sep 6, 2005
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

The moves to the first bolt are easy if you traverse in from left to right, but it is a ways off the deck. The flake before the first bolt takes a #2 TCU (Yellow). Great sustained route. I agree with the Hubble rating - 5.10b

By Nick Barczak
Feb 12, 2010

Great photo, Murph. I remember that day fondly! Great lead of a heads-up route....

By Rodger Raubach
Sep 10, 2010
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

Too bad this is now closed; it is a very challenging 10a, probably more likely a 10b as originally graded in the Hubbel guidebook. I seconded this one after leading Elusive Wapiti next door. Definitely a technique climb. Be good on the feet!