Birthday Chimney sits in the corner between Birthday Crack (route 9) and Caesarian West Face (route 11). The route isn't really climbed as an offwidth chimney. Climb this route using face holds and ledges on the wall to your left and the tower to your right. Step up on ledges with your feet, using an occasional stem between the face and the tower. For novice leaders there are plenty of nice resting spots, making this a good route to try out the sharp end.
It can be climbed as a true chimney, however, it gets really thin about half way up. Unless you are really skinny (which I am not) you will only be able to get about half of your body into the chimney. I, myself, only manage a leg and an arm and that, in itself, is hard to manipulate when "jammed" inside. Fun little route.
By scott isaacman From: Silver Bay, MN Aug 21, 2006 rating: 5.44a12IV10VD 3c
I am fairly skinny and could not do the route in the chimney. The bottom half is just too thin: the upper half is fine. The left/north face has good holds and edges outside of the chimney proper.
This is a great beginner or warm up route! If you're skinny, the first part of the chimney works well, but move to the left or you'll get stuck. Either way, great stemming, smearing, and holds to get you up quick!