Routes in Darth Vader
|Caged, The S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b|
|Darth Vader T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Jedi Mind Tricks S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Oby-won Ryobi S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Prawn, The S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Sand People, The S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Spaceballs: The Rock Climb T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Storm Troopers S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Yoda S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|GPS:||43.804, -71.84 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Patrick Bagley on Oct 28, 2006|
|Admins:||Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall|
DescriptionAt the cross-roads of many of Rumney's upper crags, the compact upper and lower walls of Darth Vader offer routes ranging from 5.4 to 5.12. This crag is a popular destination for intermediate climbers and a heavily traveled warm up area.
The main attraction to this crag are arguably THE two best 5.9s at Rumney: Yoda (5.9) and Obi-Won-Ryobi (5.9+). These side-by-side climbs at "Lower 'Vader" offer stellar moves and are literally right off of the trail en route to Waimea and the other upper crags. If there is not a line for these climbs, it is hard to find excuse not to run up them! Lower Vader is also home the crag's only 5.12s, which are seldom done and often overlooked.
Upper Vader is a good choice for intermediates and groups, as there is a 5.4, 5.6, 5.7, and 5.8 next to each other on the far right end of the wall. The left end of Upper Vader offers two short and pumpy climbs: Three Easy Pieces (5.11a) and Easter Squal (5.10d).
this video has most of the routes at Darth Vadar on it.
Getting TherePark in the far lot, walk down the road, start hiking at the woods at utility pole #37. Follow engraved wooden signs for "Waimea" or "Darth Vader." Hike up the progressively steepening trail while passing a few large boulders on the left side of the trail. The first crag you get to will be Lower Vader. To get to Upper Vader, walk to climber's right of Lower Vader and take a left up a steep trail. Take the next Left possible, which may or may not be obscured by a fallen tree.
Classic Climbing Routes at Darth Vader
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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