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37th Cog in Melvin's Wheel aka Melvin's Wheel, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Backflip T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Bellyflop T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Between The Sheets T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Bookmark OW T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Cave Route T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Coleman's Complex T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Crack of No Return T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Dead in Bed T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
East Side T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fall Out T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Fantasy Ridge T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Goose, The T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Inside Straight T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Joy and Tribulation T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Klingon (with direct start) T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Manhole Cover T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Marginal Line T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Original Fantasy Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Penis Chimney T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Plan A T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Rhythm Method T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b R
Romulan Territory T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Screamin' Eagles S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Seams Like A Dream T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Skid You Not T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Sojourn T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
Son of a Pitch T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Star Trek T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a X
Time Machine T 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Twiggy's Crack T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Virgin Spring T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Wigglin' Fingies T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Type: Trad, 3 pitches, Grade II
FA: Scott Kimball, Carl Harrison, late 1970s
Page Views: 9,494 total · 44/month
Shared By: Charles Vernon on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is a classic, thin corner climb, quite representative of Lumpy Ridge. Hike to the Bookmark, and walk around to the east of a massive, 100 foot high "flatiron" that leans up against it. The route is identified by a very large, right-facing dihedral/roof on the uppper third of the face.

P1 - the goal is to achieve a much smaller dihedral down and slightly right of the larger dihedral. Pick a groove (5.9) or a wide, brushy crack (5.7), both of which are up almost behind the flatiron (right of an impressive wide flake), and which lead into easier flakes that in turn [achieve] the desired location. A better but longer start is to do the first 2 pitches of Backflip to the right.

P2 - starting from a good ledge, lieback a sustained, flared right-facing corner (not to be confused with the corner of Backflip 20 feet to the right) which first jogs right and then back left. Stretch the lead all the way into a ledge in the bottom of the upper dihedral (crux, with enough pro to keep you going--save a medium Friend for the 5.10 bulge halfway up).

P3 - a full ropelength up the very flared crack (tricky pro) in the large dihedral; undercling out to the right at the end, or turn the 5.10 roof and go to the summit (full rope-length either way). Sustained 5.9.


Lots of small stuff!


Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
You know, I just want to add that this is one of the nicest cragging routes I have done in a long time. It's one of the better routes at Lumpy, in my book. Nov 6, 2001
If [combined] with the direct start described in Klingon [certainly] in the Lumpy top ten. I did the 1st ascent of this route in the late '70s, then I climbed it last year. I would rerate the crux pitch closer to 5.10c [than] a. The final pitch is 5.10a and a little "ballsy" with small RP pro. Apr 14, 2002
Charles Vernon
mind & body in Colorado, he…
Charles Vernon   mind & body in Colorado, he…
Aha! A sandbagger speaks! So, which one are you? ;) Apr 15, 2002
Joe Huggins
Grand Junction
Joe Huggins   Grand Junction
He must be Kimball, Carl is very unlikely to read this. I have to agree though, the crux pitch is burly for 10a. May 1, 2002
Joe Collins  
This is a great climb. One of the two or three best for the grade that I've done in the Front Range. I think 10a is pretty much right on as a technical grade, though the gear is tricky and not overly abundant... basically not a climb for someone breaking into 5.10. Be prepared for long sections of sustained 5.9 liebacking where you'll find that it's much easier to run it out than try to dick in marginal gear from poor stances. The direct finish protects, but the pro is not exactly where you might want it... be solid if you try this variation since you'll probably smack the slab below if you fall.

One of the best 10a's in the Front Range (and elsewhere for that matter). Jul 14, 2003
David Conlin
David Conlin  
One of the best climbs I've done!

We were in fact just breaking into 5.10 when we got on this route, thinking 10a. My partner, Mike Flannagan, on-sighted the crux pitch in impeccable style and somehow I managed to clean it without hanging, too! But it was definitely harder than we anticipated and I would agree with a 10c upgrade. Strenuous fingertip liebacks with tricky gear placements (RPs, Aliens) from strenuous stances. I then led P2 and would rate that sustained 5.9+, but I don't think it warrants upgrade to 10a. Oct 9, 2003
Ivan Rezucha
Fort Collins, CO
Ivan Rezucha   Fort Collins, CO
Hard for a Gunks climber used to horizontal holds! No move harder than 10a, but much harder to lead. Good, but small rests on the crux section until the last few moves where you have to go for it, but it eases off quickly. The first of the two crux dihedrals is very well protected. Bring a #2.5 Friend for the one place the crack opens up. Plus brass, microcams, some big nuts. I got the smallest micro Camalot (red) straight up prior to the last hard moves. I also got the yellow micro Camalot higher than that, but that was really dumb and way too much work.

I was surprised that there was more hard climbing in another dihedral after the crux bulge. A bit easier, but smoother with no real rest, and the gear is a little further apart and not quite as good as the first dihedral. Once again, I stopped in the wrong place, prior to the last few moves, and expended way too much effort getting a piece in.

For the belay, bring some hand-sized cams to place in the corner to the left. Else the gear would be marginal.

Thought P2 was hard, following that pitch. Some bad rock and runouts. Maybe tired.

We carried and used most of this nuclear arsenal: triple micronuts including Astros, HB offsets, steel red and blue Ballnuts. Single bigger nuts, triple microcams to finger-sized including hybrid Aliens and offset Friends. Doubles above that to hand-sized. Jun 6, 2004
Ross Swanson
Pinewood Springs
Ross Swanson   Pinewood Springs
Did the climb 3OCT04 using [Kimball's] guide, so I had the expectation of it being 5.9 and felt like it was 5.9, but the pro was thin. Didn't have the correct size cam for middle of P3 I think a green Camalot would have worked, so I threw in a 1 or 2 HB near by. Nice route.--Ross Oct 6, 2004
Guy H.
Fort Collins CO
Guy H.   Fort Collins CO
Another good approach pitch for this climb is a new mixed route just left of Virgin Springs. Following a thin flaring crack until it ends, then step left to 4-5 bolts on some fun slab/face climbing (5.10c). You will need to do some 5.4 down climbing to the right to step up the belay for the second pitch.

Make sure you have a double set of small nuts for the second pitch. There is a no hands rest right before the crux. Oct 10, 2005
Brian Weinstein
Brian Weinstein  
This route is a three-pitch gem. P3 has a 15-foot flared runout (very nice climbing) with great gear below and above...definitely not an "s" but a little heady nonetheless. Jan 16, 2006
Eric Goltz
Boulder, CO
Eric Goltz   Boulder, CO
A really great way to increase the quality on the first pitch is to do Bellyflop (10c)... you can either clip the bolt anchor and continue to the base of the second pitch (rope drag) or belay from the bolts and move the belay (short 5.easy pitch). Highly recommended, a good way to get 'warmed up' for the runout climbing above! Sep 12, 2006
Two words: green Camalot! Oct 22, 2006
Fort Collins, CO
climber73   Fort Collins, CO
This route is fantastic!! I dumped half a set of pee-nuts into the crux pitch along with small cams. Well protected, aesthetic, beautiful route. Mar 29, 2007
Kat A
Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
Kat A   Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
Phew. I'm glad people agree about the tricky pro on P3. It's a thin, flared crack that has some small nut placements, but it's hard to finagle while in a lieback position, with your feet precariously smearing the rock, and then it starts raining on you.... I wouldn't give it an "R" or "S" by any means, but "tricky pro" is an appropriate description.

This is a great route. Jul 20, 2008
Danny Suter
Boulder, CO
Danny Suter   Boulder, CO
Excellent climbing. Certainly P2 is a hard 5.9 ... tricky, thin gear ... a little scary for me. Jul 21, 2008
Moab, UT
Meg   Moab, UT
So, in a moment of sheer stupidity, I dropped my shoe off of the second pitch of Romulan Territory today. Much searching for it afterwards today did not turn it up. So, if anyone finds a left, Scarpa Vision shoe, I would LOVE it back! Thanks - Megan 303-842-2910. Jun 19, 2010
Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
Phil Lauffen   Innsbruck, AT  
This climb is one big lieback. Gear is tough to place in the flared features, as is typical of Lumpy, but overall I never felt scared due to runouts. You will get ten feet above gear, but there is nothing to hit. I found that on the second pitch when you enter the "double lieback" section (you'll know what I'm talking about), there are good C3s in a crack above and behind you to the left.

The key to success on this climb is managing your head. None of the individual moves are difficult! However, when you place gear you have three options (which I usually attempted in this order):
1) Attempt to place gear in lieback position for speed.
2) Attempt to find "rest", usually involving full body scum or tenuous stem and place gear.
3) If the above fail, just go.

If you are able to pull a 5.9 lieback move and are willing to keep on going when the gear just isn't there, you will experience success on this climb. Oct 31, 2010

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