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The Volunteer Wall 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a PG13

Type:  Trad, 8 pitches, 700', Grade IV
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Arno Ilgner, Mark Cartwright, Eddie Whittemore - 1985 FFA: Arno Ilgner, Mark Ilgner - 1991
Season: Any when not closed for peregrines
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Submitted By: andjoely on Oct 6, 2010
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    Awesome route. Most of the route is well protected but the 1st pitch (p1 and p2 as shown in guide linked) has substantial runouts on easy terrain and the Rotten pitch has potential for very nasty long and unclean fall onto a slab if a hold breaks on you at the wrong spot on the way from the 2nd to 3rd bolt. Watch out for the crazy caver-rappellers, they tend to drop their massive clusters of rope and huge rocks right down on the route.

    P1: climb slab up to huge hollow flakes, continue up to a bolt, climb nice left facing corner to a belay bolt, then continue up and left past a bolt then up past a bogus pin then up face (keep sharp eye out for gear) and continue to 2 bolt belay on register ledge 40 feet left of the top of the obvious left facing corner to the right (5.11a, 190 ft)
    P2: walk right along register ledge then clip a fixed pin with a long sling and continue up face following path of least resistance to base of the huge right facing coal mine corner (5.8, 150 ft)
    P3: "The coal mine" Climb the corner past a bolt and then past some small gear (a #2 ballnut works good as do micronuts) Continue to 2 bolt anchor to the left and make sure rope doesn't run through notch of crack. (5.11d/12a, 80 ft)
    P4: "The Happy Hooker Pitch" make a mantly move to gain the face, then continue up and right past 2 well spaced bolts and perhaps a fixed head. to a 2 bolt belay (5.10c, 70 ft)
    P5: "The Rotten Pitch" clip a low first bolt, make tricky moves to gain a hard to clip 2nd bolt (watch out for a 1 foot ledge below you if you fall) then continue up and left on kinda rotten terrain and hope those big creaky jugs don't break (probably way better now than it used to be). Continue to two bolt anchor.
    P6: "The Jump Pitch". One of the best pitches ever. Pull the roof then continue up the excellent face. Well spaced gear / bolts but totally clean falls into space
    P7: "The bathtub Pitch" traverse 50 feet to the right and climb past a bolt into the "bathtub" then place a #4 camalot on the right side and continue up the tightly bolted face above to a moderate crack (5.11d). traverse left to caver bolts and belay
    P8. 5.4


    Between The Great Aha and Last of the Dixie Trads. Just before the trail along the base of the SE face scrambles down a 25 foot ledgy granite slab, scramble up to a narrow tree ledge 25 feet up.


    Singles of cams to #4, nuts including micro ones. all the bolts are replaced or in good condition.

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    By s f
    From: GA/CO
    Oct 7, 2010

    While not sure how many onsights this route has seen, I found it mighty impressive to follow Mr. Andjoely as he did just that. (vicarious spray, LOL)

    I wanted to _ the noob rappellers when they dropped a ~25 lb. rock over the edge. Their excuse, "...but I yelled ROPE." I explained that they narrowly missed negligent homicide. If you see them, please warn the cavers to assume that there are people below them, sheesh.

    By Jeff Mekolites
    From: HOTlanta, GA
    Oct 7, 2010

    That is pretty impressive especially considering some of the rock on the "rotten pitch"...nice work!

    By andjoely
    From: Clemson, SC
    Oct 8, 2010

    there's only like a 5 foot band of suspect rock on the rotten pitch and its really pretty stable now but its still a good idea to test the holds before grabbing them and pull gently because of the nasty fall potential of swinging into a slab. I was expecting a very scary route based on stories of long falls I've heard but it's not that bad and the cruxes are straightforward for the grade. It's wierd that only a handful of people climb the routes on the left side as its probably one of the best walls in the U.S. for steep face climbing and most of it is fairly well protected by face climbing standards. Arm and hammer is probably the easiest / best protected route on that side and I'll try to post detailed beta for it sometime if I get bored.