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Picnic Lunch Wall 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b A3

   
Type:  Trad, Aid, 5 pitches, 450', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b C2+ [details]
FA: Tom Bauman & Kim Schmitz Oct 21-22, 1969
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Submitted By: corvegas on Feb 5, 2007

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Description 

Classic steep aid route at Smith, up a proud section of the Picnic Lunch Wall. Still pretty heads up, though there are lots of new bolts. This route has seen many bail probably more than have topped out.
P1 - A2+ - Start below a roof with a hook move. Follow pin scared crack past 3 bolts to botled anchor. I heard this pitch went clean, I still placed 2 beaks and a LA and thought it was heads up.
P2 - 5.6 A2 - Traverse under roof with the ocasional free move. Belay at anchor with tat, and many additional bolts.
P3 - 5.7 A3 - Head up on above the belay on bolts to diheadral, occasinal free move, belay at first set of new anchors.
P4 - A3 - Tricky aid with some bad bolts through the roof. Pass intermidate belay. And belay at brand new beley with rap rings just below edge of the roof.
P5 - 5.6 A2+ - More aid and bolts in diheadral to bolt ladder traverse on ancient bolts. Belay from 3 big new bolts on ledge.

Scramble up and off to the right. One tricky move to get off on slab above soft shoe balet. A rope might be nice here if youve got heavy loads, as there are 2 nice new bolts above this section.


Location 

Proudest section of Picnic Lunch Wall


Protection 

All aid gear to 3" large sawed angles are very helpful.



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Looking down 3/4 way up P1 of the orignal Picnic Lunch Wall route.
Looking down 3/4 way up P1 of the orignal Picnic L...
Picnic Lunch Wall- view full size for detail. Yellow dots are updated bolts. A few older bolts still remain, and are not shown on photo.
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By bheller
From: SL UT
Jul 10, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2+ PG13

Kim Schmitz and Tom Bauman were Oregon's best climbing talents of their time. The boldness and commitment they assumed to pursue climbing on Oregon's first, and most impressive big wall showed their world-class abilities. The style they completed it in is equally impressive. Ground-up, in a push, 2 days on the wall, and a freezing night shivered away after a dropped sleeping bag. Knifeblades and 1/4" bolts in the softest of rock! Schmitz laments that the final traverse headed right for easier ground instead of continuing to the top of the wall, but after seeing the caked-on vertical cow shit that qualifies for "rock" on the uppermost headwall, It seems their choice to retreat to the rightmost ledge system could have saved their lives!

Out of respect to preserve such an awesome wall and honor such a solid acheivment, please refrain from further nailing on this wall! The pin-scars are already large enough- any further nailing is just destructive. In following the soft-rock ethics of better known aid destinations (Zion)aid ascents of this route should now see clean climbing only. 5.7 C2+ seems fair, with the aid crux coming right off the ground at the base of the wall. All the anchors, and many bolts have been upgraded as of July of 2010. No bolts have been added to the aid climbing, however, approx. 30 antique bolts have been replaced, and 16 un-needed bolts have been removed. A double rack to 4", sawed-off hand placed pegs, offset nuts, single stemmed cams, tri-cams, and a tent pole stick clip are your modern equipment needs if you would like to climb this wall. And you should climb this wall! This wall can be rappeled anywhere below the 5th pitch with some down clipping and 2 60m ropes. If you complete pitch 5- walk off down the Misery Ridge trail.

Go Clean, Go free, or Go home! :)

By bbauer
Mar 8, 2014

Just climbed the first pitch. I thought it was C3 and the hardest placements were in the first 20 feet...a digger is definitely possible. The first couple moves off the bomber yellow alien/master cam are difficult and very soft. Soloists, there is a good hangerless bolt right near the dirt which can be equalized with a variety of other ok placements...

By Jon Rhoderick
Apr 29, 2014

I have no idea how to rate this on the aid scale, it is quite safe practically the whole way, but some hook moves and very sandy/marginal placements make for slow going.
P1 hard move off the ground, this pith has the longest continuous bolt-free section.
P2: Free it all the way to the final bolt ladder! The cam placements under the roof are VERY bad, but it's only 5.7
P3: mostly free/French free except the start and end.
P4: Free Variation to the right is quick and easy to French free, tricky gear between bolts to the anchor, the aid crux along with the first few feet of P1 10ish,
P5: very sandy, takes good nuts, bring some BD1-4 cams
Rack: 2-3 sets of cams to .5/#4 Metolius, BD.75-4 1-2 each, nuts & offset nuts, 1-2 hooks. I'm sure offset cams would crush it, I'm sure sawn angles or tri cams might be nice.
No need for pins, hammer or stick clip!