R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusual Size)
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Cody (6) cleaning gear, approaching the dreaded RO...
R.O.U.S. is a clean face route on really good rock with a bit of thin face climbing before a small roof move near the top. Make some easy scrambling moves up six feet to a comfy stance, solid hand jam and the first bolt. Face climb on small holds through the crux of the route between bolts 2 and 3 using small pockets and edges past a couple more bolts up to a small ledge and small roof. It is here, under the roof, that R.O.U.S.es may be hiding. Move quickly! The well-protected mini-roof move is another crux to a super large ledge and the anchor.
Rodents Of Unusual Size (ROUS) reside in the Fire Swamp and attacked Princess Buttercup and her companion Westley when they bravely entered the Fire Swamp. If you're not familiar with R.O.U.S.es watch a short segment from the movie The Princess Bride. At about 6:13 minutes into the segment the R.O.U.S.es appear.
This route ascends the clean face to the right of Princess Buttercup.
A generously protected route that would make for a good first sport lead. 6 bolts to a two-bolt anchor equipped with carabiners. The left steel biner (with red gate) was installed on 1/30/11.
|Photos of R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusual Size) Slideshow
Climbing through the thinnest part of the route.
|Comments on R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusual Size)
|By Daniel Trugman|
From: Los Alamos, NM / Stanford, CA
Aug 11, 2008
Fun route up small edges and pockets. Very well protected. For me the crux might have been the roof but it's a close race between that and some of the thin face moves down lower.
From: Los Alamos, NM
Oct 19, 2008
Fun climb. Thanks Jason and Allison for putting up the line! I did in fact encounter a ROUS, which I thought increased the difficulty of the route to at least 5.7+.
|By Jason Hundhausen|
From: Bozeman, MT
Feb 21, 2009
The R.O.U.S. may scare some...beware!!! Fun route and a great addition to Gallow's. Thanks Hallafritz (or Fritzaday if you prefer)
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jun 27, 2009
We didn't see any ROUS today! They either left for more fertile routes, or somebody absconded with them.
|By Arthur Sullivan|
Apr 9, 2010
The rodents are back. Not a good climb to take your gal up on the first date.
|By Asa King|
From: Mountain Home, ID
Nov 8, 2010
The rodents are gone again.