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Up A Creek 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Alan Nelson
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Submitted By: Alan Nelson on Sep 4, 2001
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From the ledge at the water's edge, look straight up at the overhang above. Note the lush greenery, reminiscent of a rain forest. Note the bolts leading straight up through the forest. Follow the bolts, taking care to tread only where the stone has been delicately brushed clean. For a crux, make a big reach up for a sloping mantle past a giant moss hummock. Think of the multitude of living organisms in that biotic treasure. Resist the temptation to hurl it at your belayer as you seek hidden jugs (they aren't there). Surmount the overhang and slab hike to the ledge.

DON'T TOPROPE THIS ROUTE UNLESS YOU DON'T MIND CUTTING YOUR ROPE. See the description for "Float Trip" for details.


Nine bolts to a two-bolt anchor with rings.

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By Jeff Lockyer
From: Canmore, AB
Sep 16, 2001

This COULD be one of the better routes on the River Wall if the route was better cleaned on first ascent. There is really no need to keep that moss there, or the moss all around it by your feet. (Chances of slipping all over that stuff exist, and with the high clip already, makes a fall here a bad one). I would suggest it be cleaned a little more and it will see more traffic, also there is no mention of the bolts to the left of this, joining in with the route, once over the little roof, onto the slab. A better description could be, to end with the anchors atop "Bottom Side Down" and the route is to the left of Bottom Side Down, by one bolted line. A nice line, 2 stars for moves, 3 stars if it were clean....

By Kelly Elson
Oct 23, 2002

Alan, if I'm not mistaken, there is a two bolt variation to the left here?? (at bolts 3 and 4 if I remember correctly) Any beta? Thanks.

By Mark E Dixon
From: Sprezzatura, Someday
Sep 22, 2012

Really not too bad a route. Could use a little moss removal if someone happens to comes by with a brush.