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Hodge Podge starts on the far left side of Snake Buttress, and offers a variety of different climbing.
For the first pitch, climb up the obvious crack in a right facing dihedral. The crack is awesome on this pitch, and goes from fists, to fingers, but is mostly used for a layback with slippery feet. You have to scramble in from the right up some easy cracks. If you want pro in the initial cracks, you may want to try double ropes due to the proximity to the rest of the pitch. The start is additionally complicated by a couple of really angry sticker bushes that you have to climb directly through. Traverse left to get to the start of the sweet looking splitter crack. Climb, layback, and undercling the crack until it just about ends, then traverse right out onto the face aiming for an old 1/4 inch bolt. This bolt is your last pro for about 30-40 feet of 5.7 face climbing to the bolt anchors under a huge roof. (You could also continue up the crack system in the corner, then traverse to the anchors under the roof, but you would have to climb through another huge bush). The anchor is two rusty 1/4 inch bolts, and one newer 1/4 incher. We added a sling to this anchor. Rap, or continue up the climb.
The route continues from the bolt anchor up into the OW roof to fist crack. You get another rusty bolt about 5 feet above the anchor, just before you chimney, and arm bar your way into the crack, then go up to the top. If topping out, walk off to climber's right. This is a nice climb, and would be really nice without the painful sticker bushes. Just an opinion, but, the climb seemed pretty challenging for the 5.9 grade! It offers all sizes of crack, and some face climbing, and on mostly good rock. There is also a 5.11c start to this climb (Dr. Demento) that looks really good, and less bushy to start.
This route is located on Snake Buttress. To get to Snake Buttress, keep heading North past the normal parking for the Cynical Pinnacle parking area, for about 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Park in a pullout on the East side of the road (by the river). You will be directly below the rock, and will see it as you drive up to the parking spot. You can spot the crag when you are looking at the back-side of the Cynical Pinnacle, and it will be to the right, and down a bit. Hike directly up the drainage, starting up an old road that is gated (steeper, and longer than it looks), and Snake Buttress will be the second major rock that you encounter. If you keep on the right path, you will encounter a couple of cairns on the way up. As a comparison, the approach is maybe a bit shorter than the approach to Cynical Pinnacle. The buttress contains a good number of nice bolted slab climbs, and a couple of nice cracks.
Heavy on the cams. Maybe doubles, and bring a couple of big pieces. Long slings helpful. Hedge trimmers (just kidding)!
By Shane Zentner
May 9, 2009
Stay out of the cave as the route follows the thorny bushes, crack, and slab to the bolted belay under the offwidth. I had the luxury of following the offwidth pitch and was completely worked when I finished it.
By Jason Haas
Oct 11, 2009
While there are some thorn bushes on this route, they are all pretty easy to avoid. Also, in my opinion, the three pitches go from good to worse the higher you go.
By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Dec 9, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
First Ascent Team (2/15/1975):
Chris Hodge @ Osiris, 1973.
The route was his idea but not the name.
Robby Baker on Sugar Magnolia, 1975.
Rob was not so impressed with the low angle climbing and the bushes and came up with the name to tease our high school buddy.
Beth Bennett on the Bulge, 1975
(FFFA of the Naked Edge a few years later).
Protege member atop Spearhead NW Ridge.
Photo by Mark Frevert, 1973.