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Orange Oswald 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Michael Martin on Feb 11, 2007

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View of Summersville Lake from the top of Orange O...


Once reaching the wall locate a small left-facing corner feature. Ascend this past widely spaced bolts on steep rock to a bolted anchor.

It should be mentioned that the crux of this climb is a bad sequence through bad holds. Considering it is the namesake of the area you'd think it would be better. There are better routes at the grade on the wall.


7 bolts to anchors

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By Greg Sudlow
From: PA
May 14, 2010

Like most of the routes on the Orange Oswald wall, this namesake is over climbed and over chalked. The whole area would move up 1 or 2 stars if the impact lessened. If you are thinking about going to the lake, I would avoid this wall and focus instead on the Gun Wall or Sunrise Wall.
By Befta
From: Golden, CO
Oct 28, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

rubbish route. awkward early climbing, with a very runout 5.3ish top section. Lame. Lame...
By Brian Adzima
From: San Francisco
Mar 12, 2012

Other than spraying college kids, this area and the route are pretty good.
By sanz
From: Raleigh, NC
Apr 9, 2012

This is a fun climb. Interesting crux and fun jug haul at the top. However, I have to echo the sentiment that every single line at the Orange Oswald wall is climbed to hell. The setting makes it worth it, but if these routes were not so chalky and polished, they would be much, much better climbs.
By Brandy Walters
Jun 21, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I almost skipped this one based on the comments here, but a fellow climber recommended it. I enjoyed route - the crux and the jug haul at the top. The slightly runout section near the top is easy climbing.
By Jon Kulikowski
Jul 19, 2012

Chalked up a bit, but a fun climb in a beautiful area.
By MojoMonkey
Nov 12, 2012

Looks like hurricane Sandy knocked out a tree above this route. It was hanging over the cliff top and easily avoided to finish the route. Its roots are still hanging so it was sturdy enough that you aren't going to knock it off at the moment, but who knows how long that will last.
By Danny Rowand
From: mannington, wv
Nov 19, 2012

On 11/17/2012 We removed the tree at the top of this climb so now it is good to go.
By MojoMonkey
Nov 20, 2012

Thanks for the effort!
By RPariser
Jul 25, 2014

Super polished and slippery, which makes it quite hard for a 10a. I was really psyched for this climb, but in the end I did not enjoy Orange Oswald at all.
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