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Laurel's Girdle 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a PG13

Type:  Trad, 14 pitches, 2265', Grade IV
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Mike Fischesser, et al.
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Submitted By: Scoffster on Apr 9, 2009
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A fun route that takes one across the greatly exposed upper flank of Laurel Knob.

Primarily "easy 5th" with harder moves usually near protection, more so for the leader than the 2nd, the route is relatively straight forward via the belay (all fixed) and protection bolts.

For the most part the route climbs within LK's last bit of steep rock likely allowing numerous escape points up (versus rapping--which reportedly can be done from belays 3, 6, 8, 9 & 10).


Once in the switchbacks, descending towards LK's base, begin looking for a survey flag stuck into a hallow hole of a tree. Leave the main trail here and follow the obvious one towards the right edge of the cliff.

Start at the two bolts above and below the small 1' roof (about 30' up)--then start moving left.

Descent: Rap Forbidden Fruit


1 to 1 1/2 set of cams (0 Tcu to 3 Camalot) and a few small to medium nuts

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Start of the Laurel's Girdle, LK, NC.
Start of the Laurel's Girdle, LK, NC.
Lynn Purser moves into the crux sections
Lynn Purser moves into the crux sections
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By Shannon Millsaps
Apr 10, 2009

You can rap down from the 4th pitch belay also. That is the belay that is shared with Nana's Bananas last pitch.

By wroy
Sep 22, 2009

You can Also continue Past Groover and rap Pirate's Cove Route

By Ron Funderburke
Jun 29, 2013

It is fairly easy to follow the traverse. If you are patient you can usually see the next bolt or anchor telling you which way to go. Better be ready to up and down climb lichen covered slabs though. Crunchy!!!!

By shannon stegg
Jul 1, 2013

If there ever was a need for a new route committee, this fleeting route was destined for rejection! I talked to Mr. Fichesser half way through his approved route trying to explain to him how much his line would infringe on exsisting and future climbs. So if you find yourself scratching your head while trying to figure out what the hell is a bolt doing here, you can thank Mike! I sure do miss the days when we policed ourselves instead of worrying about our own legacy! For a State that goes on and on about its strict ethic, I am sure the very resource we value so dear will continue to suffer damage under the veil of traditionalism!

By beensandbagged
From: R.I.
Dec 26, 2013

Girdle traverses have a long history, going back I believe to the bastion of traditional climbing England. There are a few in the North East thanks to the British ex patriot Paul Ross (known on MP as USBRIT) who seems to have introduced the idea while he was a New Hampshire resident. One of the most fun and memorable days of climbing I have had was doing the girdle traverse of Whitehorse, along the way we received lots of encouragement and inquiries from parties whose path we crossed.