|Room with a View
The tougher of the two versions of Room with a View. A truly classic climb at Stone Hill. Thinner than its 5.8 brother.
Just to the left of Room with a View 5.8
Five Bolts to chain anchors
room with a view on my down from top rope
BETA PHOTO: Top Roping Room with a View
My brother working his way over the first overhang...
BETA PHOTO: Room with a view, Montana
Jan 28, 2008
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a
Joins the 5.8 route at the "room" and continues up to the "summit." Not as enjoyable (IMO) as the 5.8 version. I think this route is actually called Room With A View Direct.
Feb 7, 2008
When I first put up RWAV Direct... there was a big horizontal block at the start to move over and stand on. It used to be about 5.9 moving past the block in those days. The block fell off one spring and the moves up onto the face became a bit harder... consensus says 10a now.
BTW... one year a young guy was setting up a top-rope at the anchors of RWAV... for some reason he lost his balance and fell... very luckily he missed the flat area below the climb and landed on the (ugly) sloped gully terrain that leads down to the lake.
Even so, I thought I'd be recovering a dead body when I went down about 200'... but the dude was alive, conscious, with no fractures... just beat up a fair bit. Freaking amazing!
We eventually got him in a stretcher and hauled him back up to the road... and (I understand) he made a complete recovery, with no lasting injuries. Thought is that he had an epileptic seizure (that caused him to pass out at the top)... and he fell in a completely relaxed position and was extremely fortunate to land/bounce/slide in a good position.
So... look down when you are on top of RWAV and ask yourself if YOU would survive the fall? (NOT!)
|By Erik Hatlestad|
Jul 10, 2011
This route was fantastic. My buddy and I spent 2 days in the area sport climbing. The top rope is a hair sketch to set up, but is very doable. (Walk north to where the "cliff" gets small enough, and there is a slightly worn path to get to the top) The overhangs are not too bad. Definitely worth the time to either lead or top rope. The views from the top are fantastic of Koocanusa Lake. The guide book says the route on the right is a 5.8 while the top is a 5.11
From: Olympia, WA
Mar 7, 2014
Why ever set a top rope on this route, I ask, after having done that once. Way less sketchy leading the 5.8 than dinking around up there...