Rock Till You Drop
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BETA PHOTO: Looking straight up RTYD
This is probably the best route at Juliette and the best route in Middle GA. It's probably not technically the hardest but it's 20 feet of sustained power moves and lots of fun. It's overhung for practically the entire length but the crux is in the middle. It gets juggier at the top. It's a must do if you are in the area.
The FA for this route was done by Rodney Selman, a Macon local. Rodney probably climbed most of the problems at Juliette in the mid 80's but Rock till You Drop was the only one he really named and the name stuck.
It's located on the right side of the main overhang. The start is up a bit on the obvious arching flake. Don't try to get to technical. Just warm up the guns and go for it.
Top rope or good pads and spotters.
BETA PHOTO: Straight on of RTYD
Looking straight up Rock Till You Drop
Jon getting in the crux of Rock Till You Drop.
Jeff topping out RTYD.
BETA PHOTO: View from about 15 ft away with my backpack at the...
|Comments on Rock Till You Drop
Jul 17, 2009
Never been to this area, just a quick question- How can 5.9+ turn into V5 if you take the rope away? 5.9+ is closer to V0-. Rope or no rope, the grade is the same.
Jul 26, 2009
Don't get me wrong...I love Colorado...and I'm just kiddin' here, but how come every time someone questions a grade it's a dude from Colorado?
I know 5.9 doesn't equal a V5 but I didn't originally grade this route. I believe perhaps whoever did the FA gave it a 5.9. When I dug up the info that's what it was so I don't feel I should change it. I can tell you it's not a V0 though. The few folks I know that have climbed it have put it at V4-5 and I'm pretty comfortable with that. I'd rather just leave it a V grade but it is about 20' and some folks like to top rope it. I'm sure someone who hangs around the Georgia section probably knows more about the route then me and can probably provide more info.
|By s f|
Dec 8, 2009
|By Chad Sontag|
From: Vacaville, CA
Apr 5, 2010
Agree...V0 maybe V1
climbed it today and it was pretty fun...walked down and around to the front snapped a pic and climbed it again. I don't think I have ever climbed a V4...much less back to back. Who knows, maybe that hangboard my wife got me for christmas is working miracles for me.
Not dissing the grade, just wondering where the people that think it's V4-5 climb at and what other V4-5s they have climbed to make the comparison.
Apr 7, 2010
Glad you got out there and glad to see people checking Juliette out. I don't care to get in a grade pissing contest but I've climbed V0s and V6s and RTYD is probably somewhere inbetween. When I put this page up that's the info that I dug up on the route 5.9+ and V4-5. (I know that a 5.9 equates to a V0) I don't know who the FA was or who originally rated it but that's what I'll leave it at and if the consensus continues to bring it down then that's cool. Regardless it's one of the best boulders in Mid GA and a fun route. When I first climbed it I thought it was decently tough. Now I can go up 2-3 times robotically and then move on to other routes. It's still probably my favorite route in the tiny pool of routes we have in Mid GA. If you want to make it tougher try starting below an right of the flake. I've wanted to work a sit start into it somehow as well one day.
|By Hank Rankin|
Dec 7, 2010
first off, translating boulder grades and route grades is stupid, secondly this route is far from v5. V1-2 highball
Oct 28, 2011
I heard from the FA for this route. He never climbed it roped and never gave it a grade. I've updated the FA info to reflect this. It was cool to hear from someone who had history on Juliette. Seems like the consensus is bringing the grade down and that's cool. I wish a few more people got out there to climb. I'm headed back to Macon this year after two years of climbing in VA and W VA so it will be interesting to see what I think about the route now. It's still the Mid GA classic though.