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Elevation: 1,087 ft 331 m
GPS: 43.80417, -71.84037
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Shared By: Patrick Bagley on Oct 22, 2006
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Jimmy Cliff is a schist crag at Rumney that is really is composed of two separate walls that are in close proximity of each other. Locals refer to the whole crag simply as "Jimmy Cliff," but when a distinction needs to be made, people refer to either the left or right side of the crag. Both parts of Jimmy Cliff are situated high on Rattlesnake Mountain, which makes Jimmy Cliff one of the least "seepy" crags at Rumney. Both crags also tend to receive a breeze and partial or full sun. Taken together, these attributes make Jimmy cliff a good choice after a rain.

Jimmy Cliff sees it's fair share of traffic, especially as parties filter their way up from lower crags. Both sides of the crags have a number of easy and moderate climbs close together, which make them popular with large groups of beginners that are willing to walk more than 20 feet from the parking lot.

Notable climbs include the multipitch slab hike Clippidy-Do-Dah (5.5), the bouldery and short Things as They Are Now (5.12a), and Lonesome Dove (5.10a) a must-do four star slab climb that will leave aspiring rock jocks scratching their head.

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The approach is maybe 20-30 minutes long. Avoid putting on that extra layer in the parking lot, because you'll probably be sweating by the time you reach the crag.

From the small Rumney parking lot, continue hiking down the nice graded trail paralleling Buffalo Road. Take the steep wooden staircase up the hill like you are going to the left side of the Main Cliff, but above the stairs take the Short Cut Trail left, which takes you above the 5.8 Crag and then up and above Monsters. Follow wooden signs for Darth Vader and Waimea. The first obvious crag you get to is Lower Darth Vader (Bonsai and Upper Darth can be seen above before you reach it). Continue left here, walking left on the talus below the crag, and up stone steps. The next crag you get to will be the impressive Waimea. After gawking at the wildly overhung climbs and possibly wildly hung over climbers, follow a short series of stone steps and safety lines up and right from waimea, take a left up the next obvious trail, which ascends to Jimmy Cliff. When you get to a fork in the trail, decide whether you want to go to the left or right end Jimmy Cliff.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Jimmy Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 610
Clip a Dee Doo Dah
Sport 2 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 78
Pine Tree Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 200
Lady and the Tramp
Sport 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 393
The Nuthatch
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 238
Drilling for Dollars
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 831
Junco
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 282
Things I Never Learned
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 913
Lonesome Dove
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 115
Easter Squall
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 145
Things as They Are
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 265
Hammond Organ
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 188
Things As They Are Now
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 118
Curl Up and Fly
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Clip a Dee Doo Dah
 610
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Sport 2 pitches
Pine Tree Crack
 78
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 2 pitches
Lady and the Tramp
 200
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport 2 pitches
The Nuthatch
 393
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Drilling for Dollars
 238
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Junco
 831
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Things I Never Learned
 282
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Lonesome Dove
 913
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Easter Squall
 115
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Things as They Are
 145
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Hammond Organ
 265
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Things As They Are Now
 188
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Curl Up and Fly
 118
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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