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Alligator Skin (aka Cold Turkey) T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bloody Englishman T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Easy Chimney T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Gobble Up T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Gobbler's Cobbler, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Honky Jam Ass Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lack Crack (originally entered as Moderate 2) T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Left Handed Jew T,TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Liquid Acrobat T,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
Mark of Zorro T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Moderate 2 (originally entered as Lack Crack) T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Moderate 1 T,TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Phist Full of Turkey TR 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Ragger Bagger T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Reefer Madness T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sangaphogos aka Easy Off-Width T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Short and Sweet V2 5+
Steppenwolf T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Stiff, Little Fingers S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Turkey Sandwich T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Wet Turkey aka Turkey Perch Offwidth T,TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Wide Chimney T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Shared By: Erik Corkran on Feb 28, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Gobble is the hand/fist crack in between Ragger Bagger and Steppenwolf, just left of a bolted route. This is a great climb that I generally do any time I am at Turkey. Sustained jamming, mostly hand and fist, but you can put gear anywhere you want. This climb and Steppenwolf are my favorites on Turkey Perch.


#1-#3.5 Camalots or equivalent, extras in hand to fist size useful. The crack takes great pro all the way up. Larger piece can be used near the top, also.
Darrin Stein
Vancouver, WA
Darrin Stein   Vancouver, WA
One of the longer cracks and its name says it all. Beautiful line in the middle of the Perch. Dec 10, 2001
Larry Shaw
Larry Shaw  
What a great didn't gobble my rope but it took some skin. Jun 2, 2004
Paul Sampson
Paul Sampson  
An outstanding climb, but watch your rope. I saw parts of three ropes that were stuck in the crack. Think twice before top roping this one, and if you toss a rope from this line, throw it as far away from the crack as you can. Jul 28, 2004
There is no way that this climb is a 5.8 if Left Handed Jew is also a 5.8. Left Handed Jew is way easier, and in fact most of the 1/2 dozen or so in our group that climbed both yesterday found Left Handed Jew to be easier than Honky Jam Ass Crack which is rated (fairly) at 5.7. Gobble Up is closer to Steppenwolf (5.9) in level of difficulty and requires sustained jamming in a wider than hands crack.

Congratulations to "J-Lo" for a great lead on this route yesterday. Oct 9, 2005
Andrew Ingraham
Andrew Ingraham   Conifer
This route is great. Showed me just how bad my wide crack technique is. It does eat up gear, and, if you're a wuss like me, it will eat up all your gear, and you won't have any big pieces left for the top. It would have been nice to have extra #1-#4 Camalots (if you're a wuss). Mar 29, 2006
Parker, Colorado
DavidHH   Parker, Colorado
Note for new 5.8 leaders on this route. Have your wide crack skills tuned in before attempting this route. I thought I was a decent off width climber and this route was a bit humbling. IMHO this route was a little more difficult than Ragger Bagger. Jun 12, 2006
Golden, CO
Monty   Golden, CO  
I wouldn't really call this a wide crack. It's just big hands with good feet. Jun 28, 2006
Buff Johnson
Buff Johnson  
Ditto what Monty said, used to think it was a sandbag, but really have grown to like the transitions within this route. There is a very specific way to climb this with fists & hands that makes it easier than the Bagger. Oct 11, 2006
Jason Kaplan
Glenwood ,Co
Jason Kaplan   Glenwood ,Co
I onsighted this beast on Saturday, finished it up in a storm, I thought it wasn't too hard. Harder then LHJ like mentioned above but probly easier then bloody englishmen. A friend of mine tried to lead it the next day and floundered, I guess I had more OW technique then he did. heel toe and arm bars can help on this one, I think I was right side in most of the time.

Sweet! Jun 11, 2007

I top roped Gobble Up after leading Left Handed, following on Ragger Bager, and an aborted attempt to lead Gobble Up. I found this to be a tough sustained 5.8/5.8+ definitely harder than Ragger Bagger, and much harder than Left Handed. A great crack climb! Nov 1, 2008
Rob Davies UK
Cheshire, UK
Rob Davies UK   Cheshire, UK
Cracking route, Gromit. Thought this was maybe the best single pitch I did on this US trip. Hard to grade, as there isn't any really difficult move but it's all pretty sustained and surprisingly varied. Personally I found the wide finishing crack more awkward than the main hand/fist section. In the UK it would be rated HVS 5a and be considered a real classic. Oct 27, 2009
Peter Swank
Edinburgh, UK
Peter Swank   Edinburgh, UK
Fun hand/armbar crack. Worked on the hex placing skills! Would have been nice to have a size 4 for the top, but it gets easier--so when in doubt, run it out. Dec 4, 2010
Jim Parker
Lafayette, CO
Jim Parker   Lafayette, CO
Feels like a sandbag for 5.8 if you are not up on your crack climbing skills (which I am not). However, protection is wherever you need it if, like me, you need some mental assistance. Awesome climb! Jul 7, 2011
NickinCO   colorado
Enjoyed it more than Steppenwolf! Mar 15, 2012
Christina kalb
Boulder, CO
Christina kalb   Boulder, CO
If you have small hands and narrow feet like I do, this will mostly be an offwidth climb, with only a few hand/fist jams. Sep 9, 2012
Boulder, CO
boulderkeith   Boulder, CO
Echoing Christina: solid for my big hands and feet ~5.8+, off-foot horror for my female follower. She did not enjoy it. May 20, 2013
Jordan Hirro
Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Jordan Hirro   Colorado Springs/Carbondale
This was my first route at Turkey and found it to be a bit harder than 5.8. Definitely a bit harder then Reefer Madness. Still highly enjoyable. Don't leave your 4s at home. Nov 18, 2013
Fehim Hasecic
Boulder, CO
  5.8+ PG13
Fehim Hasecic   Boulder, CO
  5.8+ PG13
What's up with the Elvis leg on this climb? Did anyone else get it? Aug 29, 2016
Keith W
Keith W  
Loved this climb. Nice jams and rests in between wide sections. Protection is great and its overall a ton of fun. You could bring a #5 and sew it up. I found a spot for a large hex too. Get on it! Mar 19, 2017

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