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Sitting just above Ragged Edges, the Graduate is probably the second most obvious climb in the area. A huge right facing corner with a beautiful streaked slab to its right and rough white rock to its left, the corner literally begs to be climbed.
Belay about 20' below the corner and head up across semi-easy 5th class terrain the base of the corner. Some tricky moves under a small roof lead to the corner proper. Follow the corner until a large roof is reached. From here, step left around the corner and climb up easy terrain to a two-bolt anchor.
A single rope rappel will bring you back to the base.
Bring at least 2 #3 camalots or equivalent, but 3 would be better. Also bring a big cam for down low. Other than that, a couple of hand sized pieces should suffice.
Starting up The Graduate, a sweet overhanging hand...
Jake engaged in the overhanging crux of The Gradua...
Finishing the fun and steep corner
Jonny on The Graduate. Photo by Gigi. 3/20/13
|By John Wilder|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Apr 8, 2006
A couple of thoughts for the route-
1) consider belaying at the small ledge at the base of the dihedral instead of on the ground. A nice anchor with a green and yellow alien can be built and can give the leader a bit more confidence firing the start, which is tricky.
2) A large cam (5") is nice to have to start the route, although a 4" cam will do in a pinch. Without this piece, you'll be doing some tricky and spooky moves with no pro for a bit.
3) if there are a pair of carabiners on the quicklinks on the bolts at anchor, please leave them there or replace them with quicklinks- otherwise you risk catching your rope on the rappel.
Sep 13, 2011
New ASCA anchor on this one. The rock that the old anchor was drilled in was laughably hollow. Rusty bolts in onionskin, on a Red Rocks classic....pay attention to what you're clipping!
One comment that no one's posted is that the rock at the edge of the roof is heinously sharp-I wouldn't take a skinny rope on this one. Core shot a 10.5..
Mar 9, 2013
Sweet route. Tons of smooth hand jams. If you're cragging in the area go do it.
|By Weston L|
From: Summerlin, NV
Mar 31, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b
Stellar climb! Great after work route, 3 #2 camalots would have been handy if I recall correctly, or maybe it was #3's...either way, stellar climb - go do it. Gets PM Shade.