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Whipping Post 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Mark Milligan and Bob D'Antonio, 1986
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Submitted By: Jared Brown on Jul 21, 2002

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Kate sending Whipping Post.


This route is on a large orange wall just off the trail about 100 feet past the Colors of Emotion wall. The route goes up a sort of shallow gully right next to a large black streak. A fairly hard start leads to easier but really fun climbing up the gully and across the black streak to anchors.


7 closely spaced bolts to anchors. The guide book says 2 bolts to no anchors, but it must have been rebolted.

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Matt LaChapelle squeezes in a run up Whipping Post at the end of the day.
Matt LaChapelle squeezes in a run up Whipping Post...
Mike Amato scopes out the final moves to the anchor.
Mike Amato scopes out the final moves to the ancho...
Whipping Post, 05/22/2005.
BETA PHOTO: Whipping Post, 05/22/2005.
Dz Nutz In the middle.
Dz Nutz In the middle.
Christa Cline approaches the transition across the black streak.
Christa Cline approaches the transition across the...
At the top getting ready to rappel.
At the top getting ready to rappel.
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By Mike Anderson
From: Dayton, OH
May 16, 2005

I'm amazed this route gets no stars in the book. It is probably the best 11a in the canyon.

By Michael Amato
May 24, 2005

Very thin moves to first bolt lead to steep and fun climbing above.

By Michael Amato
May 26, 2005

Bob, I think he added 5 bolts as there are 7 bolts there now. Too bad, climbing this with only two bolts would be a scary lead (!), but now there is almost z-clip potential where the climbing is fairly moderate.

By Dillon Sprague
From: Loveland, CO
Jun 10, 2007

The beginning moves to the first bolt are difficult for the short- very fun climb.

By KDog
Jun 28, 2010
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

This is now one of my favorite climbs in Penitente, although the 12 on the left and the 11c on the right of this are close behind! Excellent stone, flowy movement & great positioning. Loved it.

By Tim Waystrong
From: New Hampshire
Sep 5, 2011
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Such an amazing climb. The climbing on Whipping Post is just awesome. The start was the hardest part for me.

By William Mondragon
From: My car
Feb 10, 2012

So much fun, I can attest the holds only get better after the start.

By kboofis
May 7, 2014
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

If you're short, the start may feel a bit harder.