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This route is located in the Natural Bridge Region at Roadside Crag - LIMITED ACCESS


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Battle of the Bulge 5.10a R (Trad) **

First Ascent: Matt Flach, Ron Snider in 1989
Length: 80ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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From the ledge above A.W.O.L., continue up a crack, through an overhang, and to the top of the wall.
Stays Dry:
Owner: Graining Fork Nature Preserve

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5.8 (5 votes)

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Submitted by: MikeWilkinson
Date: Oct 13th, 2018


Danny said on May 10th, 2004
This route is 5.8. It has a fun bulge with big holds and easy slab to the top. The run out is over easy terrain. Needs more traffic to break off all the edges so be carefull.
Anonymous said on May 16th, 2005
Danny, the original included what is now AWOL.
Sco Bro said on December 11th, 2006
The rock quality between the anchors of AWOL and the bulge is chossy. From there the rock quality improves, but because it doesn’t get much traffic there’s a lot of crumbly edges. The top slab is very easy climbing, but lichen covered and run out. There are no anchors and only one piece of webbing. The UK blue webbing that’s at the top on the tree was placed up there 12-10-06.
Stewy911 said on December 11th, 2006
I wouldnn't trust a anhor left by ScoBro
Sco Bro said on December 12th, 2006
A 60 m rope will not, I repeat, WILL NOT, reach the ground from the top of this climb. You have to rap to the anchors of AWOL and then down. Don’t screw this up. It’s about 130 feet from the rap tree to the ground. The view from the top is spectacular. Stewy, learn use spell check—bitch.
ynp1 said on June 22nd, 2011
This was a trad route that included AWAL and it was called packet protector. Which is a great name for this route! AWAL did not have the bolts at the time of the FA.
MikeWilkinson said on October 13th, 2018
You can rap to the ground on a 70m from a tree on top. Easy climbing over the runout slab. Great position at the top! Worth doing for the view and climbing above and away from all the noise of the 10 wall.