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Shared By: C Miller on Oct 16, 2007
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Description

The west face of Chimney Rock is the more popular side and gets morning shade and afternoon sun. Ratings range from 5.7 to 5.11b, and there's even an aid climb (A2+) for those into that sort of thing. Recommended routes to do include the circuitous West Face Overhang (5.7), the hand/fist crack of Damper (5.9) and the highly popular dike of Pinched Rib (5.10a).

Safety Warning: The descent route down the "chimney" that splits the formation is filled with huge blocks and debris from a massive rockfall in the summer of 1994 when the route Loose Lips (5.11a) collapsed. While still possible to downclimb the chimney it's best avoid this route to avoid any multi-ton blocks shifting as you weight them.

Getting There

Approach from points within the Campground or park in the day use parking lot beneath Intersection Rock and walk east to the visible formation.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Chimney Rock - West Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 117
Damper
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 166
Pinched Rib
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 24
Dyno in the Dark
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Damper
 117
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Pinched Rib
 166
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Dyno in the Dark
 24
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
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