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This route is located in the Lower Gorge Region at Clearcut Wall

The "end" of the crag

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Baptist Preacher 5.6 (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Ray Ellington, Kris Hampton in 2000
Length: 70ft
Gear: #1-#4.5 Camalots. Bring a few #4-#4.5 Camalots (report bad anchors)

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Hike the cliffline left from Linus for about 300 feet turning a couple of corners in the process. You will walk through a tree split by lightning. Look for an obvious wide crack splitting the face with a small roof about 8 feet up and another 50 feet up. Climb the wide crack to a ledge beneath a roof. Belay or continue through the roof paying close attention to rope drag. This route is also visible to your left as you reach the cliff from the approach trail.
Moves: Wide Crack or Offwidth
Descent: Rap from tree
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: NFS

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Submitted by: caribe
Date: Dec 2nd, 2016


SCIN said on October 14th, 2006
This is worth the hike up to Clearcut. Nice long line with a beautiful topout.
512OW said on March 20th, 2007
One of the best 5.6's anywhere...
Danny said on April 23rd, 2007
Great route but seriously, 5.6?
goodguy said on May 17th, 2008
I would love to take a new traddy up this thing, but is it 5.6 or is it 5.6E (ellington)?
cliftongifford said on March 21st, 2010
This is not a 5.6. Don't waste your time hiking up here if your looking for a really easy climb.
Anonymous said on November 13th, 2014
There are no anchors at the top, making this an even more trad badass classic. Sling a few small sketchy trees for an anchor. I left a piece of webbing and quick links on the left side of the boulder to rap from, but belaying from this would give you some crazy rope drag you do not want to deal with.