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Pat Price coming up Rat's Ass. Circa '97.
A challenging climb with a thin crack in a stemming corner. Linking P2 and P3 is the way to go as long as you have a 60-meter rope.
P1 - Starting on low-angle slab, scramble up to a crack and continue through a right-facing corner with a fingertip-sized crack. Belay at a rounded ledge with good gear in the widening crack. 5.8, 120'
P2 - Continue up the crack on easier ground, moving up and right until the corner ends and find a good spot to belay (or continue up and right to the anchors). 5.5, 170'
P3 - Climb up and right on good friction using cracks and eyebrows for pro until you get to the new upper rap anchors for Gemini Crack. 5.5, 60'
Starts just left of Second Coming. Rap from upper Gemini ring anchors to the Sentry Box Ledge, then a second rap to the ground.
Small to medium nuts and cams. No fixed gear.
At the belay getting ready to start pitch 2
About half way up pitch 2 of rat's ass
|By Danny Inman|
Apr 1, 2007
This route is a classic, tips and stemming with rests when you need em.
From: Decatur, GA
Apr 1, 2007
Great route and a heady P1 lead by Danny, very thin fingertips in places. P2 is easier climbing but still a lot of fun on lead. A must do!
From: Oakland Park, Florida
May 2, 2007
This is one of the best 5.8's on the South Face. The first pitch is a right leaning inside corner. It appears blank from the deck. However, as said, the finger locks are sweet 120ft (5.8+). I like to climb up 30 feet and set up the belay at the bottom of the crack. Both this climb and 2nd coming have a low angle slab that pushes the belay out from the face. This creates a outward pull that can lead to a zipper of your gear. make sure you use a directional on these climbs. The 2nd pitch is long 180 Ft (5.5).
|By Devin Armour|
From: Asheville, NC
May 14, 2008
Good route on a busy wall. Hit it after a rainy night but it was dry by 10. Pulling over the bulge on the second pitch was a high point.
From: Savannah, GA
Oct 13, 2010
I felt like gear placements were the crux on this route. After watching my last nut placement pop out I was pretty much free soloing. Make sure you bring plenty of small gear.
|By Jeff Mekolites|
From: HOTlanta, GA
Jan 3, 2012
Best done in 2 pitches. First to the obvious belay ledge. Second to the rap rings.
|By Richard Vazquez|
May 30, 2012
This is a fun route but on the second pitch be carefull because theres a lot of loose rocks.
|By Jeff Gregory|
Nov 18, 2012
There's an old (chopped?) bolt site on the right face as you end the 5.8 section (120ft) and move into easier ground. Just FYI. It helped me solidify the "so-I-guess-I'm-setting-anchor-here" decision after running a bit slim on gear...having no experience on the route before.
This route was such a fantastic experience for me with the thin fingers.