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Last Gasp is an aethetically pleasing line up an obtuse outside corner just left of Darcy's Wall.
The true ascent line starts just left of the corner in a depression which in days of yore was called the "Snake Pit." One can start more easily even farther left behind a standing block and traverse back to the corner on a ledge, however this is considered anathema and doesn't make the ascent that much easier anyway.
Continue more or less straight up on or a little left of the corner to the top. Unless you are a real hardman you will know at the top why it is called "Last Gasp."
In the photo below the climber is on Easy Overhang. Last Gasp goes up the corner to the right.
Small gear for a lead but 99.9% of the ascents of this route are toppers.
BETA PHOTO: Last Gasp on Darcy's Wall.
MF or last gasp
MF, the opening moves out of the 'pit'.
Lissette pulling out the start of Last Gasp
Jan 12, 2004
last gasp is one of the more fun 5.8 leads at the park in my opinion. Take two blue tcu's for the horizontal crack on the corner( they're bomber) make the crux moves and its buckets to the top
|By Jay Knower|
From: Plymouth, NH
Jan 17, 2004
Everyone should know this about Last Gasp: The climb starts in the pit. Do not start it on the surrounding boulders or the locals will have the route police arrest you. You will be charged with degrading a 5.8 rating to a 5.6+ (an offense that is punishable by having to buy beer for everyone at Conways).
Don't say I didn't warn you....
|By James M Schroeder|
From: Sauk County, WI
Aug 31, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13
I think this route deserves a PG13 designator. It would be possible to deck when going up to the last jug.
|By John W. Knoernschild|
Aug 31, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R
What a great climb. For a 5.8, the movement is just superb.
I'm gonna have to go with "R" for this route. It is possible to deck, and groundfall is "R" in my book.