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Bad Monkey 

YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b [details]
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Submitted By: nbrown on Jul 2, 2011

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Nearing the end...

Seasonal Falcon Closure MORE INFO >>>


For the past few years there have been a number of strong climbers to gawk up at this wild roof crack, only to write it off as impossible (at least to reach -- the start is blank). Recently, a friend (Andrew) made a great suggestion -- do a long & pumpy downward traverse across a heel hooking rail to reach the crack... and it actually goes fairly easily, or at least the traverse does! This climb can be done in the rainiest of conditions due to the huge roof features.

Start up and right on top of boulder -- also have your belayer here. Climb past a #.4 camelot and 4 bolts (optional 1" cam) to the crack. The 4th bolt has a fixed draw for now (the bolt is high because of inadequate rock lower). Make a difficult transition into the crack and gain a desperate "rest" on the foot pedestal. Continue out the strenuous horizontal roof crack to an anchor at the lip.

Note: The anchor was originally 15' higher than the current one. It's possible that some gifted climber could pull the final roof (likely at 5.13), but there are some logistical issues with that. I'd be happy to divulge more info if someone is interested.


At the lower wall - obvious wide roof crack that climbs out of cave. It's the rightmost of 3 established lines here.


4 bolts and a #.4 camelot protect the traverse. I used two #4 camelots to protect the roof crack, but anywhere from a #2 to #4 could be used since it is flared.

Photos of Bad Monkey Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: strenuous liebacking...
strenuous liebacking...
Rock Climbing Photo: Frost on the traverse.
Frost on the traverse.
Rock Climbing Photo: The crux
The crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Frost following
Frost following
Rock Climbing Photo: Part of the traverse.
Part of the traverse.
Rock Climbing Photo: Good perspective of the roof.
BETA PHOTO: Good perspective of the roof.

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By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Jul 6, 2011

Nice work Nathan!
By Phoffmann
Aug 3, 2011

You sure "spanked" it that day!
By nbrown
From: western NC
Aug 21, 2011

Thanks guys. Phil, I sure do appreciate you photographing it too...

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