Rope up under an obvious handcrack that goes up over a bulge. Climb this crack to a ledge and belay. Pitch 2: Climb a crack system up and left to a small ledge. Pitch 3: Follow discontinuous cracks and faces for 200 feet to a dead tree. This pitch stretches a 60 m, but is definitely doable. Pitch 4: Follow cracks up to huge ledge below steep section of wall. Pitch 5 (5.9 variation): Climb crack straight up over 2 roofs then into easier climbing to the top.
Walkoff by ledges and gullies on climbers right of the formation. There is apparently a double rope rappel off of fixed piton anchors on climbers left as well.
Submitted by: brizza on 2008-08-22
Route ID: 95514
Most other guide books say this route is 5.8. The first pitch is a fun hand crack with a crux move that is definitely a 5.8. Pitches 2-4 are mostly 5.6/5.7. We did the 5.9 variation on the last pitch, very fun pitch. Interesting lead.
Good fun route. But I'm not so sure about the 5.7 rating. The first bulge was pretty stout for a 5.7, slightly over hung hand crack with little to no foot holds; I would guess more like 8+/9 for 2-3 moves. After that the rest of pitch 1 is a breeze. Pitches 2-4 are easy and fun lot of protection possibilities. Pitch 5, the 5.7 variation was stout as well. One spot was pretty thin on feet while working pasted a overhanging block, I may have missed a critical hold, but I think it was more 5.8. Rock quality was great, Ill will climbing the Ramp again.
Climbed with Liz. I led 1, 3 & 5. Liz led 2 & 4. Really fun route, though pretty mellow for the grade. Great rock, great location. Hot as hell. Took the "5.9" variation on p5, but we both agreed it was 5.8, and not sustained in the least.