Flight of the Gumbie
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Michael Levato on Flight of the Gumbie. Photo by J...
This climb starts on the right wall of the obvious huge left facing corner of Butcher's branch. Start up the jugs with wet feet and clip the first bolt, extend the heck out of these first couple ones! move up then right when you reach a small ledge and move out to the arete, complete the arte by using it and movingto the face around the other side, fight the pump on this sustained climb that offers no easy parts, and no rests all the way to the anchors.
Classic climb that usually has a little line. A full-value route.
Arete on the right side of the obivous left facing corner of Butcher's Branch.
Many bolts to two bolt anchor.
Brandy Walters leading Flight of the Gumbie
|Comments on Flight of the Gumbie
From: Erlangen, Germany
Aug 3, 2010
One of the coolest 5.9s ever! Super fun climbing the whole way. I would also contend that statement about no rests. I think you can rest at every bolt if you wanted to.
Beta (Spoiler!!!): If you want to do the route the fun (and apparently easier) way, lean back over the other side at the top. About 3 great holds lead up the arete until you can transition back onto the face with the anchors. The other option (which I've never done) climbs the slab from the last bolt to the anchors and is supposedly harder.
|By Dan Petty|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 10, 2010
Its 9 bolts to the 2 bolt anchor.
|By Gif Zafred|
From: Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 28, 2011
One of the best 9's at the New. Totally worth doing no matter how hard you climb. Long and fun moving around the arete.
From: Riverside, Ca
Sep 29, 2011
long and exposed. fun route
|By Matt Baer|
Apr 14, 2012
Uber Classic Line! One of the best arette climbs I have done, Highly recommend it.
|By Brandy Walters|
Jun 21, 2012
I wasn't as impressed with this route as I thought I'd be based on all the rave reviews and guidebook stars. There was a lot of clipping/downclimbing/unclipping shenanigans at the bottom because of the rope drag issue. Next time I think I'd just clip in normally and find out if rope drag really is an issue. I also toproped it again to see if I liked it any better on TR. It was definitely good, the arete is beautiful, but the climbing was just not particularly memorable to me. Enjoyed the jokes about sticking our hands into the wet hole near the top though.
|By will merryman|
From: Monaca P.A.
Aug 19, 2012
I love arete's. Try this route even if 5.9 is a bit easy for you, use it as a warm up. one of the better climb's at the NRG.