Type: Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, Grade II
FA: Richard Rossiter
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Shared By: Charles Vernon on Dec 31, 2001
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Quintessential Lumpy slab climbing. Hike up to the Bookend (not to be confused with any other cliff involving the name Book), and starting from the southeast corner of that rock, scramble up slabs and grooves up past the obvious large triangular roof of Orange Julius, to a higher alcove. Keep a lookout on the approach for the route's landmark, a clean, narrow slab with a green streak on the right side of the [Bookend]-- the alcove lies below it, though once you are in it you can't see the slab.

P1 - Climb up the left side of the alcove, turn the corner to the left and climb a right facing corner with a hand crack in the back. Turn the roof capping the corner (bolt) and climb up the slab past two more bolts (crux) to a two bolt anchor (110 feet).

P2 - Head straight up the phenomenal slab past six bolts (5.9) to lower angle ground where one can belay from medium friends (25 feet to the first bolt) (160 feet).

P3 - Finish the climb up easy cracks and grooves to the left, and descend from the top of the [Bookend] to the northeast (160 feet).


The meat of the route is bolted, and only a set of Friends is necessary for the rest.
While it is true that the meat of the climb is bolted, it is important to note that this is not a sport climb. Gear is needed on the first half of the first pitch and for the second belay. I know of at least one party that thought they didn't need gear after the first pitch and the leader was left with nothing but a knot to use for belay anchors at the top of the second pitch. Jul 19, 2001
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
As someone who'd climbed a heck of a lot more sandstone than granite, in 1995 when I did this route, I found the roof to be 5.8 and the bolted face to be sustained 5.10. I was simply not prepared to smear and crimp like that [on] a 5.10a! Nov 6, 2001
Without a doubt my favorite Lumpy climb! Fantastic setting, slabbing up the second pitch. The move over the roof is only hard mentally, leaving the security of the crack for invisible holds above; but they're there. As a few others have said, this is definitely NOT !!! a "sport route". The first clip after the hanging belay at the end of the first pitch is a good 25-30' out. After that, the next 5 clips are reasonable and right where you really need them, but there is a 35-40' runout on more moderate climbing to get to the 6th bolt (an old 1/4" tin-foil hanger) and then another 20' to your first gear placement! Overall, I think the rating may be a little high but I love slabs and the 10a probably comes in the "pucker factor" for someone expecting a mellow sport route. Dec 31, 2001
city, state
alpinglow   city, state
This route went before the bolts and Rossiter retroed it? I personally think the crux is just after the first belay. It is stellar, though. Jul 20, 2002
Brent, I understand that Doug Snively pulled this roof with a client in the 70's. After heading up the unprotected face he moved right into Sorcerer. Nothing like a little adventure climbing with a client in tow! As we all know Doug Snively rocks! Jan 5, 2003
When this route first went up, local legend and all around hard guy, Doug Snively said he climbed this route years before it had been bolted. (he assured everyone that he was pleased to see the bolts in now). It seems he was with a client and went up the first pitch belaying below the roof. He then pulled the roof, cruised up the face before heading right and belaying..... All of us who know Doug know he isn't spraying. Feb 25, 2003
Luke Clarke
Luke Clarke   Golden
Climbed this beauty on 4/26/03 and I'm happy to report someone has replaced the final bolt, and done a nice job of it. It's still a long way between clips but they're all good. Apr 27, 2003
While the runout leaving the hanging belay to the first bolt of the second pitch is long and somewhat unnerving, it is definitely NOT the crux (maybe 5.8+). The crux is right after the first bolt on the face (not the roof bolt) and seems reasonably rated at 10a to me. The roof itself is quite easy (although I'd go with 5.9-, rather than 5.8), but after turning the roof, that next bolt is a good 15-20 feet away, which I found a little "unnerving." One of my favorite climbs at Lumpy--DO IT! May 6, 2003
This 1991 classic has gotten a bit thinner over the years... tiny flakes and mini huecos have broken off into little stubby edges and more dished out friction/foot holds. 10b ish above 1st pitch, 2nd bolt. Pitch 2: definitely "old school 5.9 and R to 1st clip...Loving it ,SK. Jun 24, 2003
This thing is spicy! The whole thing is on dime edges with small positive crimps. Certainly not for the aspiring 5.10 leader (not unless you do not fear the whip, 20-30 footers, that is). Jun 27, 2003
My bro and I climbed this on 07/11/03. Fantastic climb! I thought the moves directly after the roof to be the crux, solid 5.10. The runouts were exciting, but the moves are not bad. I wouldn't do this unless you are a very solid 5.10 face climber and not bothered by run outs at this level. Lumpy rules!! Jul 13, 2003
Scott Conner
Lyons, CO
Scott Conner   Lyons, CO
Sweet. I felt the crux of this route was above the 2nd bolt on the 2nd pitch. The moves seemed thinner here than anything on the first pitch.

The whole slab is about 200' long and counting the belay anchor, there are 9 bolts on it. Do the math... definitely not a sport climb. Exciting! Jul 6, 2004
Menlo Park, CA
JP.8d   Menlo Park, CA
First shot at Mariner the other day. I would agree with most that crux comes after the roof going through two bolts to the anchor. Stellar slab climbing past a line of (bomber) bolts that are spaced farther apart the higher you go. Small pucker factor, huge fun. One a the best on Lumpy IMHO. Cheers... May 3, 2006
Shane Zentner
Shane Zentner   Colorado
The second pitch has no move harder than 5.9, though it's a bit runout getting to the first bolt from the belay. It is sustained 5.9 slab climbing; you have to constantly think throughout the pitch. It does not let up until you are finished. The bolts are placed where they need to be; however, they are thinly spaced. The climber should have a head for runout slab climbing (hint, hint: think South Platte).

I followed the first pitch and led the second, and, I thought the crux was on the first pitch between the top of the roof and the bolted anchor. This, in my opinion, is where the climb gets the 5.10 rating.

Climb of the Ancient Mariner is by far one of the finer 5.10 climbs at Lumpy Ridge. You get everything from hand jams, roof, slab climbing, great position, and an incredible setting. All things considered, this is not a sport climb as there is nothing 'sporty' about it. Jun 1, 2008
Danny Suter
Boulder, CO
Danny Suter   Boulder, CO
This is such a great, great route! The runout from the hanging belay to the first bolt is long. While the climbing is easy at that point, I would have to say that a fall onto the anchors could be ..... serious!! Jul 21, 2008
jeremy long
  5.10a PG13
jeremy long   BOULDER CO
  5.10a PG13
It's been a while, but I remember the start of the second pitch was a little spicy, but the runout on 5.7 above the last new bolt was long! And the reward, some manky old piece of tin that was probably made in someone's garage. Beautiful route, though. May 19, 2011
Brent Apgar
Out of the Loop
Brent Apgar   Out of the Loop
A big thank you to RR for creating an amazing 2nd pitch straight up the slab.

All things considered this may be the best route at Lumpy IMO. Jun 27, 2011
FANTASTIC route! The first pitch is super fun! I'd say the roof move on P1 is about 9-. It reminds me a little bit of 'Flower of High Rank' on Suicide Rock (in SoCal), but it's slightly easier. The slab moves above it are definitely the crux, about 10a.

But for me, what makes this climb brilliant is the second pitch: awesome edging and smearing up a rad (and seemingly improbable) face. Some pretty big spacings between bolts makes for thoughtful climbing. The climbing is never very hard (maybe the occasional 5.9 move), but on lead, you have to keep your head screwed on tight. Leading and following this pitch are likely very different experiences. Jun 3, 2013
Chris Plesko
Westminster, CO
Chris Plesko   Westminster, CO
If you can climb the P1 crux (after the first bolt on the face for me), you can climb everything on P2. The runouts are awesome. Excellent route with a bit of everything, and the slab is definitely the highlight! Jul 7, 2013
Mr. Stevens
Boulder, CO
Mr. Stevens   Boulder, CO
Is the name of this route a play on Iron Maiden’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”? I hope so.... Feb 9, 2019
It probably goes without saying, but yes. Feb 9, 2019
jason seaver
Estes Park, CO
jason seaver   Estes Park, CO
Well, it COULD have been named after the late 1700s poem that the Iron Maiden song was named after.

I can't say what Mr. Rossiter was more into in the early nineties:
British heavy metal or dead British poets. Feb 10, 2019

Good point! I was basing my answer on the fact that Richard Rossiter's son, Raoul, played in a heavy metal band in the '90s. Feb 10, 2019
jason seaver
Estes Park, CO
jason seaver   Estes Park, CO
I suspect you are correct. Feb 10, 2019