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All Things Considered

This route is located in the Gray's Branch Region at Military Wall

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G.I. 5.7 (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Tom Seibert, Martin Hackworth in 1974
Length: 130ft
Gear: Standard rack plus #4 and #5 Camalots or equivalents. (report bad anchors)

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This route begins in the offwidth slot to the right of All Things Considered.
No longer "R" with the introduction of large cams.
Moves: Wide Crack or Offwidth
Descent: Rap from bolted anchors. 60 m rope required.
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS

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Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 19th, 2005


Wes said on January 21st, 2003
Only "R" rated if you don't have a #5 camalot or #6 friend.
tonybubb said on June 18th, 2003
The runout comes early and you are fresh when it does- plenty of gumbies have survived this lead. It was one of Power2U's first trad leads... heh heh heh...
The Pirate said on June 28th, 2004
can do in one pitch, with a single 60 meter rope
The Pirate said on June 28th, 2004
can do in one pitch, with a single 60 meter rope, bolted anchors on the right side
Wes said on June 3rd, 2005
Anchors are near the end of the first pitch. Do the 2nd pitch and top out for full effect. Anchors take away fun mantel move...
L K Day said on December 21st, 2007
Like Wes said, go all the way or you haven't done it.
bcombs said on February 3rd, 2008
I used the R method since I don't own anything larger than a BD #4. :-)
rjackson said on November 9th, 2008
Did it in the Autumn and what a view... I thought it was more thoughtful than Roadside, but ate up almost as many #2s (as well as #1s and #3s, with some great large hex placements to boot).
pkananen said on June 9th, 2009
I found a quarter at the base of this route that was really dirty. After washing it off with water, I could see the date: 1974 - the same year as the FA by Seibert and Hackworth.
JR said on June 10th, 2009
Maybe that quarter came from the G.I tract. How "dirty" was this quarter?
possum2082 said on September 7th, 2009
solid 5.7 all the way up. only had a #5 and spent some time in the beginning wishing i had a #6. i took care of this by putting a a micro cam in an iron horizontal pocket a bit off on the left wall. extend slings in the beginning or the rope drag can cause problems. i set up a belay on the ramp before the fist crack b/c of drag and lack of gear. slightly overhanging hand crack to the anchors is fun and challenging. loved the big hexes, rjackson.
LK Day said on September 24th, 2010
That quarter might have been mine. Back in the day I generally tried to pack in all the fun I could over the all-too-short weekends. "Fun" usually involved lots of dancing and drinking beer down at JAMF until closing time, followed by an early a.m. start in the quest for NEW ROUTES in the Gorge. On the occasion of the first ascent of G.I. I'd apparently had a little too much fun the night before and was suffering from a monumentally vicious hangover, and ended up sleeping away most of the morning in the dirt at the base of G.I. while Seibert and Hackworth toiled above. At some point I woke up, found that I finally felt vaguely human once again and wandered off to discover the line that would someday become Jungle Beat. Still bummed that my youthful insistence on burning the candle at both ends caused me to miss out on the first ascent of G.I. What a great line.
pkananen said on September 24th, 2010
Great story Larry. There are dozens of college students sleeping away their hangovers under routes all over the gorge every weekend in your memory.
Kirby said on March 10th, 2011
I toproped this last year thanks to some friendly trad climbers who had the first pitch setup. I really enjoyed the climb and the view left an impression. Long story short I have a 'goal by 30' that to prepare for I tried leading GI a couple days go. I ended up getting to just before the first overhang where the pitch 1 anchors are and had a mental breakdown and an elvis foot that just wouldn't quit. I settled with the cost of a number 3 cam to learn that I need to practice trad in safer conditions and bailed. SO... if anyone else does this and finds a fancy number 3 and a large hex just below it, free gear! Attempted 3-8-11 for record of 'left in elements'.
Rollo said on April 1st, 2012
Wish I would have done this on 3-9-11. You don't have to find booty to have a good time on this one!
Raiden said on March 23rd, 2015
Definitely not 130ft if you lower from the bolted anchor; probably more like 90 or 100ft.
Anonymous said on April 14th, 2015
so much fun! the view from the anchors is breath taking. met someone at the base of this who was going to try for the solo. this route does not make it quite to the top of the cliff. let him get the top rope send. not a route to free solo cause i don't know how you would get down. clayton.
DrRockso said on June 30th, 2015
Bring a couple of #4's and #5's if this is near your limit. You probably won't need anything smaller than a #1. Seemed like about a 110 feet, one 60m gets you down with 10 feet or more to spare.
cottonej said on September 26th, 2016
Save yourself the time and trouble of splitting this up and do it in 1 pitch. Sling gear etc etc.