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Rollercoaster 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Sep 3, 2005
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Trent on Rollercoaster - his first ever lead climb...

Description 

AKA: Broken Face. Just left of Private Idaho is this face that is easily top-roped, after climbing Private Idaho. Simple straight-forward C of R climbing. A bit flaky.


Protection 

Bolts, chain anchor.



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i love this climb
i love this climb
Climbing Rollercoaster (the crack to the right is Private Idaho)
Climbing Rollercoaster (the crack to the right is ...
Leader is 10' below chains (upper right corner).
Leader is 10' below chains (upper right corner).
Climber low on Rollercoaster.
Climber low on Rollercoaster.
Near the chains on Rollercoaster.
Near the chains on Rollercoaster.
Climbing Rollercoaster 5.9 at City of Rocks, Idaho
Climbing Rollercoaster 5.9 at City of Rocks, Idaho
Reach high...
Reach high...
Start of Rollercoaster.
Start of Rollercoaster.
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By Dave Clawson
Jun 5, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

This route has recently been bolted and is now a well protected sport climb.

By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Jun 19, 2007
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

This route was listed as "Leftmost 5.7R" in the old Forkash guidebook. It felt pretty easy for 5.9. I am sure it would be a different experience on lead without the bolts. The face is still a little dirty, but I am sure it will clean up with the heavy traffic the route is seeing.

By Brian in SLC
Jun 19, 2007
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

I'd led it a few years back prior to the new bolts. Felt the same (difficulty wise) as it did last weekend...around 5.7+ or so. Fun route. Welcome upgraded addition to the wall. Good anchor location too, as it doesn't interfere with folks on Private Idaho. Should take some heat off the standard routes folks get busy on there. A long sling on the second bolt will help a tad with drag as a shorter quick draw tends to pin the rope to the rock right of the little bulge of rock there. Nice job, Dave!

By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Aug 14, 2007

As previously reported. This route has now been bolted by Dave Bingham and has 7 bolts and chain anchors. Great rock and well protected.

Susan

By PhotoDaveM70
From: Ogden, Utah
Aug 16, 2009
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c

5.9 is a bit high - feels more like a 5.8-. Lots of excellent holds - a great route for a first time lead climber.

By Ken Gibby
From: Saratoga Springs, UT
Jun 14, 2010
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c

Agree that it is a great climb for a first time lead. Much easier than Too Much Fun. Heavily trafficed wall so get there, get it done, and move on.

By Kiri Namtvedt
Jul 6, 2010

In comparison with other routes at City of Rocks I'd call this a 5.7. Easy and fun moves, big holds.

By Michael Buchanan
Jul 22, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Fun climbing. I saw three different people do it three different ways. good warmup.

By Christian Weaver
Nov 14, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Check out my route description @ Verticalcountry.com

By davidaw
Oct 8, 2012

Easy climb, lots of bolts! Great warmup..

By dave bingham
Nov 12, 2012

Yea, not sure how this went from 5.7R to 5.9 with bolts...
I think 5.7 may be a sandbag though. 5.8?

By TNORM
Sep 29, 2013

Great climb. Two maybe 3 moves of 5.8, rest 5.7. Just super positive very gym like.

By idahomike
Oct 19, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

This was a fun climb. Great holds. 5.8 seems like a good rating to me. A great warm up climb as it is about a minute from the road.

By Daniel Nelson
Oct 29, 2013

Well bolted 5.8. Big patinas start to finish. Great warmup. Great for a first sport lead as well.