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BETA PHOTO: Right crack
Start about 20' right of Laurel at a crack behind a tree. Climb the hand to fist crack (and even larger crack climbing) with many ledges on either side.
Right of two prominent cracks just left of the Uberfall.
Standard Gunks rack, including one or two 3"-4" cams. Bolt anchors on top, can be accessed by the 5.0 chimney to the left of Laurel.
The feel-good climb of the year: Rhododendron.
me workn up the fantastic lieback section
The view from the top of Rhododendron.
Rhododendron on TR
|By Joe M|
From: Rapid City, SD
Sep 2, 2007
This is a very fun route, but very busy. Get on it very early or very late in the day or plan to wait a long time for it. A top rope can be easily set up from Dirty Chimney about 20' to the left.
|By Paul Shultz|
From: Hudson, Ma
May 13, 2009
Much better then Laurel at left. Fun moves!
|By J Antin|
From: Denver, CO
Aug 10, 2009
This route is a classic for it's features, accessibility, location and quality. I will climb this on almost every Gunks visit on the way back to the parking lot.
Jun 6, 2010
Finally got on it (I never even top-roped it before!). What a great little route - finger, hand and foot jams all the way up. Not sure you need big cams though, I think it adequately protects with up to #1 or #2 camalots.
|By Mike McLean|
Aug 12, 2010
Not sure I agree with the 'no need for big cams' comment ... of course, I put in too much compared to others (I saw some guides put in only 2 pieces).
If you're like me (chicken shit and n00b), I used both a #3 and a #2 and could have used both my #3's.
Didn't feel like 5.6 at all though (felt more like a 5). Loads of foot holds and rests. I cruised up without much hesitation.
Aug 12, 2010
Re: grade, it's more 5.6 if you jam the crack and don't use face horizontals. If you use face holds, naturally, it's easier...
From: Decatur, GA
Oct 13, 2010
Fun lead with nice fist jams, a rarity here. Wish it was longer.
|By Ben C|
From: Portland, OR
Oct 31, 2010
excellent moves in a classic setting! definitely felt better carrying the #3 camalot, and had one of the rare hand jam moves in the gunks. very cool route!
|By Kevin Heckeler|
From: West Sand Lake, New York
Mar 20, 2011
Definitely one of my better Gunks leads. Fun with varying techniques. Good gear stanaces. #3 cam helpful, two of them would have been nice.
|By Alicia Sokolowski|
From: Brooklyn, NY
Apr 18, 2011
Super fun route that is relatively sustained throughout, but I think it is more of a 5.5 sustained. I currently mainly climb around the 5.5 to 5.7 level, so I tend to actually feel the difference between 5.5 and 5.6.