|Mill Creek Dome
Ram (aka Rama) ascends a moderate slab to a steep head wall. The rock is excellent throughout, and the route gets good sun until late afternoon. The crux comes in tossing a 4 foot dyno at the fourth bolt on the headwall; however, the climbing remains continuous and pumpy right to the last clip. Climbing on the headwall requires a very aggressive attack. It also can catch you unprepared. The slab approach does little to prepare you for the need to switch gears once launching up the headwall. However, it is a simple matter to bail out for the P1 anchor on the adjacent Marga route if that is wanted. Also, it is possible to TR Ram by running up the route on the right which shares its anchor with Ram.
Ram is the middle route of three on the right side.
A dozen quickdraws, a #3 Friend, a blue Link Cam, and something for the double bolt anchor at the top. A 60 meter rope just drops you to the ground.
Ram follows the rope, but the headwall is deceptiv...
|By Richard M. Wright|
From: Lakewood, CO
Oct 14, 2013
I had hoped to polish off Ram before the Mill Creek Dome got blasted by bad weather. I had the route sussed and went up with high expectations in mid-October, only to get shut down by the need for very aggressive climbing. Ram is just not something that can be approached in a mellow state of mind. From the very first move up the headwall right to the end, you just have to keep pushing. There is a good stance at the globe used for the dyno at clip 4 on the headwall, but the dyno and the subsequent moves are pretty relentless and could shut you down if you let off the pressure.