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TR The Iliad (16), Sublime Point, Blue Mtns 9-Nov-2013 At 10:16:28 PM Drake
Inspired by this TR, Carrie and I climbed the Iliad today. It was really enjoyable, despite the bushwacking required on pitch 1. The ramp on the third pitch was particularly fun!

Carrie is just learning to place trad, so she lead the first pitch. Easy climbing with lots of bomber protection possibilities makes this pitch a good one for novice leaders. I lead the next two pitches (I also linked p3-4). I would not recommend the second pitch for novice leaders, as the protection is spaced and a bit tricky to find, particularly early on. The piton doesn't protect against a fall onto the ledge, as it's only 1.5m or so off the deck. I clipped the piton and backed it up with a microwire for some mental protection, pulled a hardish move to reach the left wall, and found good pro a few meters up. This wouldn't be particularly scary for you experienced chockstone tradsters, but a novice could easily have a nasty groundfall onto pointy rocks. The third pitch was absolutely fantastic, with varied and unique climbing with some exposure.

It's certainly not a four-star classic, but the Iliad is still good fun. Get on it.

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