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Rose Hips 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 650', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Chris Dabroski, John Hoffman 1999.
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Submitted By: John Hegyes on Mar 13, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: Rose Hips is located on the right of the boulder.


This is a fun climb that has an old-school feel to it. It is lesser known and rarely climbed, but a good way to approach the routes on the north side of Brownstone Wall.

Pitch 1: Climb the crack and the face to the left of it for as far as you can, until you can set a belay below the roof. Tricky pro where the crack opens up. 200 feet, 5.7

Pitch 2: Pull the roof on the left side, belay when a stance is found above. 120 feet, 5.7

Pitch 3: Continue up the left slanting wide crack until it ends. Long sections of scant pro, easy climbing. 100 feet, 5.6

Pitch 4: Traverse right on a shelf to the next crack over. No pro. 70 feet, 5.6

Pitch 5: Shoot up the new crack to the top. 200 feet, 5.4


This route is located just inside Juniper Canyon on the right side as you approach, behind the large black boulder just past the mouth of the canyon.


Bring some wide stuff but realize that there will be some sections that cannot be protected because the crack is too wide. The climbing is generally pretty easy in those locations.

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Variation to Rose Hips in the Orange
Variation to Rose Hips in the Orange
Rose Hips upper section
BETA PHOTO: Rose Hips upper section
Rose Hips pitch 1
BETA PHOTO: Rose Hips pitch 1
Rose Hips.
BETA PHOTO: Rose Hips.
Rose Hips pitch 2
BETA PHOTO: Rose Hips pitch 2
Looking down on pitch 3
BETA PHOTO: Looking down on pitch 3
Brett pulls the chimney moves on pitch 2
Brett pulls the chimney moves on pitch 2
Angie, avoiding the crack
Angie, avoiding the crack

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By Mostafa
From: Alameda
Nov 20, 2012

Pitch 1 I found once you start climbing the face the gear is tricky (as John mentions) and can be a little run out.

The next two pitches we did a slight variation:

Pitch 2 We set the belay higher about 40-50ft below the roof. Climb up and then through a tunnel. The tunnel is pretty neat. Climb up the left crack until it ends build a belay. We did not set our belay above the roof.

Pitch 3 Traverse right for about 100ft set up belay as you would on the normal route. I placed a piece at the crack the normal route takes.

Pitch 4 Climb the crack until it tops out.

MysterZ is a better approach for Brownstone. This could be an alternative if there is a line at MysterZ.