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Hippos on Parade 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Sport
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Glen Cilley
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Submitted By: Ladd on May 15, 2007

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Jim Day getting down with his bad self on hippos.

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Description 

Better than Lies and Propaganda...at least in my humble opinion.
This line starts just left of Lies and Propaganda and climbs straight up on decent holds, making some fun moves that are a great lead at the grade and a good warm-up too.
The crux is making an airy move left on big holds then pulling the rest of the buldge.

Location 

Just left of Lies and Propaganda, just right of the corner.

Protection 

Bolts to Anchors


Photos of Hippos on Parade Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Another lap on a great intro to steep.
Another lap on a great intro to steep.
Rock Climbing Photo: hippos on parade
hippos on parade
Rock Climbing Photo: Crux bulge
Crux bulge
Rock Climbing Photo: looking down at jakob as he starts up...
looking down at jakob as he starts up...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tim doing another lap on this awesome route!
Tim doing another lap on this awesome route!
Rock Climbing Photo: Muel warming up.
Muel warming up.
Rock Climbing Photo: jakob...
jakob...
Rock Climbing Photo: Arthur Keyas Cruising Hippos on Parade (which we t...
Arthur Keyas Cruising Hippos on Parade (which we t...
Rock Climbing Photo: An unknown climber on Attack of Life which, now th...
An unknown climber on Attack of Life which, now th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunny end of summer day
Sunny end of summer day

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By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
May 16, 2007

i agree that this line is better than lies... i first climbed it as a spicy gear route and though i dont often say this im happy they retrobolted it...
By Jay Knower
Administrator
From: Campton, NH
May 16, 2007

I thought this was called "Hippos on Parade."
By Ladd
Administrator
May 17, 2007

Maybe it is Jay. I'm pretty ambivilant when it comes to route history...
If you are sure about the name, I'd be happy to change it.
I named it this because it was what the guidebook called it (but that was the trad route and took a tiny bit of a different line).
By Jay Knower
Administrator
From: Campton, NH
May 17, 2007

I'm not sure...I have heard it called Hippos, but this doesn't mean much.
By Aaron Berlin
Jul 16, 2007

This route is Hippos on Parade. Attack of life is the crack and slab to the left of this
By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Oct 12, 2008
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Hippos on Parade is the sport line....and it goes at 5.8
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Nov 23, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This route is 5.8 for the taller climber but the crux can feel more like 5.9 for the short climber. Great route though.
By S. Neoh
Nov 24, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Speaking up for the vertically-challenged among us - this route felt harder than 5.8 to me (and I am short). It is a cool addition to the crag.
Easily 2.5 stars!
By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Nov 24, 2009

im tall and i always felt 5.9 was right...
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Nov 18, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

So I was looking at the old guide book and I was wondering if anyone had any insight to the old trad line 'Attack of Life'. I have been trying to do as many Rumney routes as possible on gear and noticed this one in the old guide. It seems to have followed the 'Hippo's on Parade' line then broke right to the anchors of 'Lies and Propaganda'.

The guide says that it had 2 bolts and a pin. Does anyone know where these were located. I would like to do the route in the original style.
By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Nov 18, 2011

when i did it i followed the current line then broke right, as you said, and clipped a pin just before making the last few moves on to the ledge... not sure if the pin is still there... it was pretty spicy from what i remember...
By Matt Wilson
From: Vermont, USA
Apr 4, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Fun. Enjoyable climbing up to the crux, and a great chance for a sub-10 climber to try some pretty overhanging stuff with a thought-provoking traverse at the crux.
By J Meagher
Oct 24, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Really great route, with slightly overhanging wall and big moves between good jugs. There is a definite crux, which is grabbing onto the large flake/jug. Mantling onto the ledge immediately after the crux is also a fun move. Definently worth doing for the 5.8 climber.
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Oct 24, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I have always said this is a 5.9. Im no sure about the downgrade on this one in the new guide...
By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Oct 24, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Downgrade? I could be mistaken, but I feel as though I've always seen this at .8+... If you follow the chalk you're being sandbagged...
By S. Neoh
Oct 24, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Given .8+ in Ward's Guide but feels like a .9 to me.
By J Meagher
Oct 25, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I think the guidebook 5.8 is accurate, even for short people (I'm about 5'4''). The crux reach felt easier than some of 5.9's and even some 5.8's I've done in the gym.
By Tyler Newcomb
Dec 26, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I am even shorter(5 feet) and I thought it was a 5.8 or 5.8+ if you go out to the right a bit to get over that bulge. Great fun route, close to the parking lot, overall best for a warmup in my opinion.
By Tim Waystrong
From: New Hampshire
Sep 15, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Did this route again tonight. I haven't done it in a couple years so I forgot the beta and it's almost like a slimy gym climb now. So much traffic with so much chalk and rubber on it.
By Robert Hall
Administrator
May 10, 2016
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Struggled my old bones up this today and it sure felt like 5.9. Didn't see the guidebook until I got home and the 5.8+ listing. Glad to see the overall rating is 5.9 in MntPrjct.
While it does use strength on the buckets, I actually thought the footwork and balance intriguing, hence my 3 stars.
(Re' comment above from 2 yrs ago, It didn't seem "slimy" to me.)
By ward smith
Jul 2, 2016

The anchors have been moved up to the same block as Lies, and there is also an added bolt at the top. The original Glen Cilley route did not end on the ledge.

I will check it out this weekend, but I've been told that there will be no further talk of 5.8!
By Peter Jackson
From: Rumney, NH
Jul 11, 2016
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The (old) new moves at the top make the route interesting again! And, like many Rumney routes, it'll break your heart at the end. The top crux is substantially tougher than the lower crux, even when you have figured out the beta.

On the weekend when the anchor moved, I tried and failed to find moves the first day. Found the moves the second time around and was pretty proud of myself. Later that week, I watched no fewer than 4 groups give up at the top. One person was reduced to tears, I kid you not.
By Cam Harrison
Jul 14, 2016

Why the change in the anchors? I got on it again the week after they were moved and the new top moves were very sharp and seemed to have the potential to deck on the ledge if one fell on their top out

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