Sumac Variation Unknown
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BETA PHOTO: Sumac Variation Unknown.
I don't know the name or history of this route but perhaps someone (Bryan Gall?) can chime in with what they know.
Start on the steep, jug-hauling, hand jamming start of Sumac. Climb about 25 feet up Sumac and then traverse left at the obvious break where an undulating, rail system provides passage across the steep and otherwise mostly blank face. Continue onto a sloping ledge at the base of a wide chimney that has a bolt on the left face. Go up the right hand corner of the chimney by pulling into a lieback. The crack quickly turns into nice hand jams before it ends at the ledge with a two bolt anchor.
You can also continue up for one or more pitches for a No Name adventure.
Start on the road just right of the large, silver door that is part of the Glenwood water system. Use the same start as Sumac.
Stoppers and cams from small (tips) to large (#5 Camalot). Two bolt anchor at top.
|Comments on Sumac Variation Unknown
|By Brian Wright|
From: Glenwood Springs, Co
May 16, 2012
You can get to those anchors also by starting left of the water tunnel door and traversing right. I think that version of the climb is listed as "The Unknown (5.8)" under "Obscurities" in the Rifle Mountain Park guide. This variation, however, might be the cleaner and more fun way to go!