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Learning to Swim 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 170'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
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Submitted By: Michael Z. on Oct 10, 2011

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Just great fun and fine rock!

P1. 80, 5.11 Start up a short right facing corner to a stance just below the first bolt. A tricky step off the stance gains an undercling to layback crack up to another stance. From this stance follow bolts past a small overlap up a low angle but extremely thin face/slab ending in a big solution pocket at chains.I found a small mono pocket on the upper face, memorable!

P2. 90, 5.10+ From the anchor climb up an easy low angle slab past more solution pockets to the base of a short wall with a few bolts. After pulling over the wall continue up another 40 feet of unprotected 5.0 slab to a blueberry ledge and chains.

Both pitches can be linked with minimal rope drag.
Walk off or make two raps with a 60m rope.


Below and south of The Beach. Approaching from the base several hundred feet right South America Flake are four bolted routes on a steep face this is the first one. It starts about ten feet left of "Sex On The Beach"


P1 7 bolts & #2 camalot to Chains. P2 4 bolts to Chains.

Photos of Learning to Swim Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at the 2nd pitch
BETA PHOTO: Looking up at the 2nd pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Learning to Swim
BETA PHOTO: Learning to Swim
Rock Climbing Photo: Dickey Ledge
Dickey Ledge
Rock Climbing Photo: Nick enjoying some positive holds down low.
Nick enjoying some positive holds down low.

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By Mike C. Robinson
From: Rumney, NH
Oct 10, 2011

good route! I feel like I am closer to being a real member now that I have climbed this.
From: Gilmanton, NH
Oct 14, 2011
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

Someone told me that the name of this route is "Learning to Swim." It shares the same anchor as "Sex on the Beach." There is a new second pitch w/ a few bolts that goes at .10c.
By Tom Bowker
From: somewhere in the USA
Oct 31, 2011
rating: 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a

I'd recommend a med/lg cam at the horizontal crack.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Oct 28, 2015

Tom, is this one of your routes?

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