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Wow... much better than I thought it would be. Not that Youth Challenge doesn't look cool, but the second pitch is super fun. The first pitch is a strenuous good time and you should just do it. I love the position of this part of the wall--really nice exposure and view
Pitch 1: (5.10b) Start by jamming and laying back a bit of a grunt of a 5.10 crack. I've heard grades of 10b to 10d, but whatever it is, just plug some gear and hold on until the slightly slopey top out. The gear is harder to get at the crux, so plug a bit down low. Belay with gear and a single bolt.
Pitch 2: (5.10b) Again folks will argue about grades, but this seemed about right to me. Start up a hand crack on the left, then transition to the right-hand crack by way of a good foot. Protect well and make a 5.10 move up in to the sustained upper part. After the crux move, it's sustained 5.9 climbing for the most part until you meet up with Retaliation and get a little rest before that route's pumpy layback crux. Head straight up to the ledge or skirt around to the right. Belay from the ledge on gear.
Pitch 3: (5.6) Head straight up the cracks to the trees.
Youth Challenge is a direct start to Retaliation with pretty much 1 and 3/4 independent pitches. Scramble up on to a ledge below the crux of that route and find the nice clean 35ft crack.
Regular rack. Some flaring crack make for tricky placements but over all it's well protected.
|Comments on Youth Challenge
Jul 24, 2012
Excellent 5.10 crack climbing, with jams of all sizes! Both pitches are fun. The second pitch is particularly cool, with 3 different cracks to overcome before arriving conveniently at the crux of retaliation. Great belay ledges, and good pro, despite some flaring parts as Lee mentioned.
|By Jason Denver|
Sep 22, 2012
Really good route. I don't know why I dont see more people doing it. Great jamming at the grade with excellent protection. Do it! I combined pitches 2&3 with a 60m. Might as well, no need to break for the short 5.6 at the top.
|By stephen arsenault|
Sep 24, 2012
I'm with Jason on this one.
One of the best crack climbs of it's grade on the cliff.
Deserves 3 stars.
|By john strand|
From: southern colo
Sep 24, 2012
Perhaps the only route on Cathedral that has ever been downgraded... I'm pretty sure that it was 11a for the f/a