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Ladder Line 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Kevin Bein, '68
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Submitted By: john strand on Jul 12, 2008

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KC leading Ladder Line. Circa 1985.


This is one of the best route in the Quarries. It has nice, steepish climbing and is quite sustained cruxes at the top and bottom.

Crank out the start 5.11, then move right a little, straight up past a tough laybacky section on face holds to the top.


This is on the steep, flat wall. It is hard to miss.


It may be bolted or TR.

Photos of Ladder Line Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The route climbs the face just left of where the r...
BETA PHOTO: The route climbs the face just left of where the r...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ladder line back in the day - September, 1988.
Ladder line back in the day - September, 1988.

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By tscupp
From: Cincinnati, OH
Aug 15, 2010

In the Boston Rocks 2nd ed., they list this as just 5.10. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who thought this was WAY harder than that.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Oct 20, 2010

I guess it's 5.10, except for the start and the finish. It's about 11c in my book, and I have done it maybe 200 times.
By Steve Moulding
From: New York
Jun 12, 2012
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Yep...seemed like a Boston Rocks sandbag at 5.10. Found it very hard for the grade.
From: Eldorado Springs, CO
Mar 17, 2013
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

This pitch was rated hard 5.10 when I lead it in the mid '80s. It has been ages, although 11c seems way off compared to 5.11 trad routes that I did back then on Cathedral and Whitehorse. Camber is rated 11b, and it's much harder, IMO.

Haven't been to the quarry since the mid '80s. I heard a rumor that a lot of the quarry has been filled in with dirt. Seems like that would change a lot of the place's character. Anyone have recent photos that they can post?
By john strand
From: southern colo
Mar 17, 2013

Has something changed at the start? I always thought 5.11 for sure.
By JayMorse
From: Hooksett, New Hampshire
Apr 6, 2014

Don't let the 11c grade scare you off. If you can climb in the 5.10s, get on this route! I think it is only 11c if you start directly below the route, which is COVERED in paint and seemed nearly impossible. You can quite easily start from the left or right sides to get established on the route, and the rest goes at 10b/10c IMO. Great route!

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