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White Rastafarian V2 5+ R
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Type: Boulder, 20 ft
FA: John Long and John Bachar, around 1973
Page Views: 34,732 total · 181/month
Shared By: RTM on Nov 21, 2002
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This problem is located on a large boulder at the Southeast end of Rock Hudson. Climb a juggy crack on an overhanging arete until it dies out 15 ft. up. Lean out left, onto the overhanging face, to a large flake. Finishes with an easy mantel 25 ft. off the deck. One of JTree's finest problems.


Chalkbag and shoes!
this is definatly an awsome problem just bring a spotter to keep you off the back breaker boulder at the base! Feb 1, 2003
the problem is very good with a perfect v3 right on the nose id suggest a few pads along with spotters you should be planning to onsight the morning sunrise is a good time for a go! Oct 10, 2003
Hayduke Cloud
Denver, CO
Hayduke Cloud   Denver, CO
If you're interested check out my video of a friend and I attempting White Rasta. A really great problem.… Dec 15, 2008
Felt close to a 5.11 free-solo for a moment there... Jan 17, 2009
Russ Walling
  V0+ PG13
Russ Walling
  V0+ PG13
This problem has always been the industry standard for 5.10c, long before V ratings. V0+ max. V3?!?! That's some serious grade creep right there. Jan 17, 2009
Nick Sullens
Nick Sullens   Yosemite
Pretty soft for a josh 3 Oct 26, 2010
Bryan G
Bryan G   Yosemite
Yeah, 5.10c sounds right on. The big reach crux on this is definitely no harder than the big reach crux on Bearded Cabbage (10c). Mar 3, 2011
I have to share credit with John Bachar on this one. We were still in High School I think and saw the line of holds one day and climbed up and down till it felt solid and just went for it. Probably around 1973. Sort of the birth of high balling out at Josh, and the rest is history . . . Jul 19, 2011
Andy Liu
Eastern Sierra
Andy Liu   Eastern Sierra
V3 in the modern context I think, especially considering the landing. A classic must do highball. Mar 18, 2013
Colin Rickert
Ottawa, ON
  V3 R
Colin Rickert   Ottawa, ON
  V3 R
Russ, I think you mean B0 (as in old John Gill grade) and not V0.

Anyways, this is a great line. Mandatory highball for any visiting boulderer. Oct 1, 2013
How high is the crux? Dec 12, 2013
Adam Stackhouse    
The boulder has been returned to its original position by NPS Dec 29, 2014
Colin Rickert
Ottawa, ON
  V3 R
Colin Rickert   Ottawa, ON
  V3 R
The growing bandwagon of people downrating this problem is laughable to the extreme. Apparently even the author has gotten caught up in the hype....


Really people?

Still though the vast majority seem to think its V3 - why change the grade? Jan 15, 2015
Russ Walling
  V0+ PG13
Russ Walling
  V0+ PG13
Colin: Have you ever done Bearded Cabbage? If you have, compare the two. WR is about the same as BC. BC is 5.10c ergo, WR is 5.10c. Thanks for trolling. Jan 15, 2015
Hey hey now, I downrated to a v2 in the book based on a long list of people calling it soft. I do agree with the crux being similar in difficulty to Bearded Cabbage though. Many .10 routes in JT have .11 cruxes, and BC is no exception, so...

If I recall correctly, I did not give it a v1+ when I wrote this page back in 2002.

All this is waxing gibbons though - on a line this beautiful, why even give a s#!t about the rating? Jan 16, 2015
Chris treggE
Madison, Beersconsin
  V2 R
Chris treggE   Madison, Beersconsin  
  V2 R
"on a line this beautiful, why even give a s#!t about the rating?"

Bingo. Mar 26, 2015
Colin Rickert
Ottawa, ON
  V3 R
Colin Rickert   Ottawa, ON
  V3 R
PS - No worries RTM I understand the pressures around downgrading - I've often succumbed myself. It is the court of public opinion we are dealing with after all. Aug 31, 2015
Chan Shin  
get you right hand up as high as you can on the side pull crimp and reach out for the left. Jan 26, 2016
So many waxed gibbons. Quit waxing the gibbons! Mar 6, 2016
Amanda Gibson
Bastrop, TX
Amanda Gibson   Bastrop, TX
Here is John Long's Recollection of this route:… Jul 25, 2018

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