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Routes in The Kitchen

Chicago Overhang TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Chicago's West Side T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Double Jam T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Left Corner T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Mark's Corner T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Mr Numbers S,TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Panic City S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Right Corner T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Type: Trad, TR, 40 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Perin Blanchard on Oct 23, 2005
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Chicago's West Side is immediately east of The Kitchen, just inside the gate. It is the west-facing wall on the same formation as Chicago Overhang. (It isn't really on what I'd consider the same formation as The Kitchen, but is covered under The Kitchen in the Ruckman guide).

The route is fairly easy climbing on large edges; it can be made a little more challenging by going straight up the smooth surfaces, or by staying on the arete.

It requires 15-18 feet of extension from the anchor bolts to get the anchor point over the edge for a slingshot top rope.


Two bolt anchor at the top of the outcrop; a long sling or some static rope is needed to get the anchor point over the edge.


There is a two-bolt hanger-and-chain anchor at the top of the Chicago formation that can be used for top roping either the Chicago Overhang or Chicago's West Side. To reach the anchor requires a bit of work: Either easy Class 5 climbing - the short way, just to the south of the face itself - or Class 4 scrambling - the longer way, south up the slot between The Kitchen and Chicago's West Side and then back north on the top of the Chicago formation.


Chris Newman
Fort Worth, TX
Chris Newman   Fort Worth, TX
I top roped this one and think its an ok route but not worth the trouble in my mind if it is the main route you are doing because it is a little annoying to get to, in my opinion. But if your group has more experienced climbers also than it could be fine since you have the overhang close by. Jul 22, 2009
I used two 7 foot slings and had no drag. Aug 8, 2007