Climb up the farthest right groove on the central Main Clif. Moderate and fun moves lead to a stance in a corner... climb the interesting corner to another stance and a hard-for-the-grade exit to the right from the corner. Easier if tall, a jug awaits just out of reach.
The easiest route in this area. Often dry when other routes of the grade are soaked.
"Digger-bug (5.8)" is a popular link up that does the 1st 2/3 of Gold Digger (5.8+) but then where that route has a puzzling step right (crux) you instead clip the last two bolts of Gold Bug (5.10c/d) out to your left as you climb up the very pleasant stemming corner above to the Gold Bug Anchors... This has become a popular moderate option and proves to be an easy way to set a toprope Gold Bug (5.10c/d)...
Far right side of the central section of Main Cliff. Following the deepest groove in the area.
8 bolts to quick clips.
|By Mike Phillips|
Jul 18, 2011
An OK climb that serves as a good warm up. Watch out during the summer. I just was on it and there was a small hornets nest in a undercling/jug about halfway up the route. Luckily didn't get stuck but certainly got surprised.
Aug 5, 2011
I was following, but my leader (against my advice) avoided the tricky move right, and instead finished climbing sort of left-ward up to bolt anchors (which I assume are intended for the adjoining climb to the left, Goldbug). That finish didn't seem harder than 5.9, maybe less.
|By Jeffrey LeCours|
From: New Hampshire
Aug 6, 2011
kenr: It's actually a popular linkup called digger bug. I think it goes at 5.8 or so and is an easy way to top rope Goldbug. I've never actually climbed to the anchors of Gold Digger. :)
From: Nashua, NH
Mar 10, 2013
I have somehow avoided this route up until today. Big mistake! Fun and interesting moves, cool heady crux, great climb if you are looking for a moderate in the area. I'm going to have to do the diggerbug link up soon.
From: Nashua, NH
Apr 16, 2013
Both quick clips at top are severely worn and showing a pretty significant groove. I would advise people to rap off this until they can be replaced. I have let the RCA know.
Just a reminder to not top rope through the fixed gear!!!!!
From: Mahwah, NJ
Jul 31, 2014
I found the crux to be very exciting for the grade. Crux move reminds of of the Gunks!