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Right Chimney

5.10+, Trad, 150 ft, 2 pitches,  Avg: 3.4 from 112 votes
FA: Michael Kennedy & Molly Higgins - 1976
Utah > Moab Area > Arches NP > Three Penguins
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This route is pretty darn good, especially if you like off-widths.

Approach up talus and across a ledge system from the right of the formation. Head around the base to the left - this is the first crack system in a dihedral you come to. The first pitch of the route basically starts at fingers and works its way to fists - the crux being getting over the obvious bulge. Belay at fixed anchors 2/3 the way up the tower. The last third of the tower is a delightful struggle up a flaring off-width - the definite crux of the route. "Chimney" is a misnomer for this thing, the only thing I could squeeze in there were chicken wings and knees.

Two ropes gets you completely off the route, but it looked feasible to do it in two, single rope rappels.


One each 0.5 to #4 Camalots. Maybe a few extra hand-size pieces. No stoppers.

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Maleea throws a stack in. Rad climb
[Hide Photo] Maleea throws a stack in. Rad climb
Hallie doing some mad arm-barring up Right Chimney.
[Hide Photo] Hallie doing some mad arm-barring up Right Chimney.
Dave Holliday pounding out the final moves to the summit.
[Hide Photo] Dave Holliday pounding out the final moves to the summit.
Route Overlay Right Chimney Three Penguins
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Jon Tashkin following the first pitch.  He's just passed the crux portion.
[Hide Photo] Jon Tashkin following the first pitch. He's just passed the crux portion.
Right Chimney (5.10+)
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The crawl in from the left, from the top of the Pedestal Pitch. 11/88
[Hide Photo] The crawl in from the left, from the top of the Pedestal Pitch. 11/88
Allen Ottman's opinion of the 2nd pitch with 1 #4 camalot. I'll admit the 1st pitch was stellar.
[Hide Photo] Allen Ottman's opinion of the 2nd pitch with 1 #4 camalot. I'll admit the 1st pitch was stellar.
the approach
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Frosty leading the original start, the Pedestal Pitch, through the Dewey Member.<br>
[Hide Photo] Frosty leading the original start, the Pedestal Pitch, through the Dewey Member. 11/88
Right Chimney
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Right Chimney
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George Bell
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] I agree, Josh, the handcrack bulge low down is hard 5.10, but the OW is definitely the crux, Might it be useful to carry a #5 Camalot for this section? Thankfully, the OW is short, but that is no help when you are at the bottom of it. This is the best route I've done at Arches (out of about 6!). May 8, 2003
Josh Janes

[Hide Comment] On the topo the first pitch was given 10c and the second 10a, seems like they should be reversed... May 8, 2003
George Bell
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] I dunno, for me a 10a OW is harder than a 10c hand crack! Apr 20, 2004
Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
[Hide Comment] First pitch is awesome. Size goes BD#0.75 Camalots all the way to BD#4 Camalots... with the business being slightly kicked-back hands to wide hands. Felt like 9+/10- compared to Indian Creek grades.

Second pitch. Ug. I recommend 2x#4.5 Camalots for the aid climbing personally....

The anchors are on the middle bird... and there is a very spicy move to gain the top... remember, it ain't over until it is over.

Great weekend climb as it doesn't get much traffic. In the sun until noon. Two single raps work fine. Feb 1, 2006
Joe Auer
Castle Valley, UT
[Hide Comment] you can rappel from the summit anchors with one 70m rope. rapping from the summit keeps the rope out of the many deep (and possibly rope jamming) rope grooves near the top. Sep 2, 2006
James Beissel
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] No need for #5 Camalot, it is too big. Two 4.5 Camalots (ie purple #5 C4) would be ideal.

Hand-hand stacks on the second pitch and too narrow to get a knee in - one of the harder offwidth techniques to master.

The "VERY spicy" move to the top is only moderatly spicey IMHO. Don't let the above comment scare you off. There is a horizontal crack between the chimney and the anchors that you can stuff full of cams. I got in a #3, #3.5, and a #1 camalot and then equalized them. Beyond that it is only a move or two and then you can reach the anchors.

This is an awesome route - go do it! Nov 6, 2006
Sam Lightner, Jr.
Lander, WY
[Hide Comment] The Arches Task Force and the ASCA have now replaced the anchor on top with chain and two half inch bolts. The route can be rapped, I think, with a 70 meter rope... A single sixty puts you about 10 feet off the ledge. Oct 10, 2007
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
[Hide Comment] Thanks, Sam. The anchor that was up there before was a mess! Oct 10, 2007
[Hide Comment] the top pitch needs a old number 4 cam and a new #5 cam. a hand sized cam or two down low were nice right off the belay. I just bumped the 5 came up a bit to get me through. save a #1 camelot for the top out- that was a wee bit sandy and scary. Mar 10, 2008
Las Vegas, NV
[Hide Comment] pretty good route, i'd call both pitches 5.10- that offwidth felt pretty tough....props to Michael who sent it with a single #4 C4! yowsers! Apr 19, 2008
Michael Ybarra
on the road
[Hide Comment] Another way to fire the exit moves on P2 is to pinch the rope groves below the chains. Apr 30, 2008
Birmingham, AL
[Hide Comment] From this redneck's perspective, George Bell's comment above is oh so right...

Regarding the gear....
Once you are in #5 territory, you can't fall out...or at least me and my 145 lb. arse couldn't...

Nevertheless, I'd have placed another #4 and two #5s and maybe a #6 and not been at all upset about any of it. Oct 19, 2008
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Maybe an old #5 is too big, but I fit two new #5's in the second pitch.

Oh, and the powdered rock at the base of the climb feels fantastic on bare feet. Apr 13, 2009
J. Thompson
denver, co
[Hide Comment] I found both pitchs to be 5.10a....and quite good!

josh Apr 26, 2009

[Hide Comment] really fun route with good rock. the comments above are pretty accurate. both pitches seemed pretty comparable in difficulty. first pitch is really fun fingers/thin hands to big hands through a bulge, then low angled fists to the anchor.

second pitch looks kind of intimidating. it is a bit steep and the feet look sandy, but didn't seem too slippery. the OW section is pretty easy and you can push a pair of 4.5 camalot/5 friend/new #5 camalot sized pieces very easily. most of the time i couldn't get my knee in. at 2 locations i barely could, and got my knee stuck as hell. i mean REALLY stuck. kind of scary stuck. the second time was at the top and my knee was literally bonelocked into place. i was above gear with both arms chickenwinging in front of me, trying to pull my knee out.

when you get up to the top out section, there is kind of a WTF moment, but luckily there are features in just the right places so that it works out OK.

2 single rope raps with the 70 got us down. rack was a double set from .5 camalot to old 4.5 camalot, which was more than enough. Oct 25, 2011
Zeb Rafaker
[Hide Comment] The old #4 and new #5 were the perfect combo to finish the offwidth. Top out wasn't scary at all with a #3.5 and #1. The 70m rope reached with a little to spare. Apr 27, 2012
Spencer Weiler
Salt Lake city
[Hide Comment] Fun route. Enjoyed having 3 #3 camalots on pitch 1, and don't leave the ground without a #5 camalot or you will regret it for pitch 2. The spicy move onto the summit isn't bad at all, just grab the chains and pull yourself up! The tower is short, so 1 70m rope will get you down in one rap. Nov 19, 2012
Mark P Thomas
Draperderr, by Bangerter, UT
[Hide Comment] I led the P2 OW. Crux of it was extracting my leg as my calf kept getting stuck. Second pitch is much sandier than the first, so I think a lot of people rappel after only doing P1 :-) Nov 22, 2012
[Hide Comment] RAPPEL BETA**

So I've found after doing this climb a few times it's quite nice to double rope rap (70's) straight down to the road from the summit. 2 60's might work as well? Can somebody let me know.

It's nice to skip the down hike by adding the extra rap.

Also, 1 70m rope gets you from the summit back down to the ledge easily, as stated. Feb 19, 2014
Vincent K
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Excessive P2 gear beta: #2 and #3 for lower section, a #4 for the middle, 2 #5s for the offwidth, and a #3 to protect the top out should make it comfortable. You can get a #6 to work at the flare, but it is a little too big. The 2 #5s should negate the need for the #6. Be sure to extend the #3 protecting the topout to let the rope run freer over the bulge below. Oct 27, 2015
[Hide Comment] What an awesome, and grueling route. Bring two fives. I only had one and although it was safe, I certainly wasn't excited about pulling those final moves on that offwidth. Dec 22, 2015
[Hide Comment] I heard there was a rescue on this route a few weeks back? Stuck knee. Heard oil of some sort was poured on it and a drill was also taken to it. Can anyone confirm the damage? Apr 3, 2016
Brennan Enright
Seattle, WA
[Hide Comment] Jeff, I climbed this a week ago and there was a spot on p2 where you could tell some drilling had happened to free this person's knee. The damage was minimal. My climbing partners didn't even notice it--just a few drill grooves in the crack. Sep 17, 2018