Type: Trad, 3 pitches, Grade II
FA: Ren Fenton, Charles Kemp, 1962
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Shared By: Charles Vernon on Aug 1, 2001
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Femp is a good crack climb up the right side of the J-crack slab, though the cruxes involve delicate face climbing. It is easily identified as the next continuous crack line right (a considerable distance) of J-crack, and starts from the same ledge, about 100 feet off the ground.

After reaching the Book, hike right, passing the opposing flakes of Pear Buttress and Loose Ends, the start to J-crack, and stop just past the Cavity, a huge crystalline hole with a large tree, and a clean, thin LF corner rising out of it.

P1- Climb the 5.2 corner right of this and go left to reach the base of the crack, or climb the Cavity corner (5.10, recommended). Belay directly below the crack.

P2- Climb the full rope-length crack pitch, with the first crux at a suspect pin where the crack briefly dies, and the second at a very thin corner at the top. Belay above the thin corner.

P3-many options-- a)traverse left on an easy ramp (J-crack) and continue up to the Cave area. b) climb a crack to an apexed roof (5.7), and continue up a slab to a flaky, right-leaning 5.7 chimney through the roof band, which leads to the descent (long pitch). c) climb the overhanging, LF corner above the belay ("Hemp", rated 5.10), and continue with "b" or "d". d) traverse right to a thin 5.9+ crack which leads to a belay beneath a long, reddish roof band. Turn the roof at a wedged flake (also 5.9+) and merge with the top part of "b".


Bring extra Friends from #3-3.5. Also, be sure to have some very small gear left at the top of the crux lead.
The second pitch is almost exactly 165 feet- I remember having a hard time setting up a comfortable belay because at that point I was working purely with rope stretch. A long rope would be nice to have for this pitch. Sep 26, 2001
60 meter rope does the trick here. Jun 14, 2002
The pin on pitch 2 can be backed up... I didn't end up clipping it. The 2nd pitch is clean, flaring, Lumpyness... but somewhat of a slog. Jul 15, 2002
Shane Zentner
Shane Zentner   Colorado
An excellent climb. Sep 9, 2002
Nice long second pitch. Used a lot of stoppers on the second pitch. Traversed over to the Cave for the Cave Exit Roof. Oct 21, 2002
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
The second pitch took almost my entire rack - it just keeps going, and going, and going.... Apr 21, 2003
Aside from the crux areas, this crack has solid hand jams (with a couple fists) all the way up it. The cruxes are delicate and balancey, but generally well protected. I thought the hardest part was the move just before clipping the pin. I imagine that it might be easier for someone with some reach. P2 is definitely a 3-star pitch!

Since the pitch is pretty straight, you can be conservative with the runners without too many rope drag issues. Having two #2 Camalots is helpful. Jun 23, 2003
Pitch 1 the 5.4 variation has a lot of loose, large boulders on it. Watch out what you grab up by the tree.

Pitch 2 is an endless, straight, gear eating crack without a lot of good rests. It ran about 185'.

Pitch 3 version C as listed above brings a lot of rope drag into the picture since you travese out left from the belay for about 30 feet before turning a 90 degree corner into the 5.8ish dihedral. Variation C is all about stemming once you get around the corner and runs about 180' in length to the top of theweakness in the roof. Aug 28, 2003
Bill Gibbs
Wichita, Ks.
Bill Gibbs   Wichita, Ks.
Pitch 2 definitely makes this a classic and worth doing. You want the lead on pitch 2. Feb 5, 2006
I'd say this is a bit stouter than J-crack. Fewer rests and less obvious cruxes. Not as aesthetic but well worth doing. Feb 5, 2006
Mike McKinnon
Golden, CO
Mike McKinnon   Golden, CO
Went up to do J-Crack and wound up on Femp. Go figure.

For a rack I would bring 4 #2 and a #3 if you really want to get comfortable. I brought 1 #2 and no #3s and the top half of the crack eats #2s and would take a #3 as well. I really wanted my #2 that I placed on the lower half. Also, the thin section at top takes a #0.4 Camalot in the good hand slot and also a bomber black Alien about 4 inches above that. It is a great climb.

Is Femp harder/easier than J-Crack? Jul 24, 2006
Danny Inman
Danny Inman   Arvada
I think Femp is more stout than the 5.9 pitch of J. This is a very worthy climb, the main crack pitch is very long, I felt there were two distinct cruxes (1) at the piton and (2) the last couple of slabby moves to the belay. Sep 21, 2006
Cale Farnham  
This is one of my favs @ Lumpy! Solid crack and very well protected! Do this route and yell with joy @ the top! Two cruxes pretty balancy and as said protected well! 3 stars! Sep 10, 2008
Boulder, CO
pfwein   Boulder, CO
Gear beta: maybe bring 3 each #2 and #3 Camalots (and double set below, or what the hell, bring trips of all) to protect long pitch well; blue Metolius was great at the top crux. We exited nicely by going right to 5.9+ crack, then traverse right beneath roof to steep finish, which is kind of strenuous but protects well. Great route. Jun 21, 2009
Cale Farnham  
Had an excellent time with Phil back in 07' climbing one of first 9 trad routes. Definitely a favorite of mine! Aug 13, 2009
Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
Phil Lauffen   Innsbruck, AT  
I had a more difficult time on the second pitch of this climb than cavity corner/crack/ whatever it is, and not even at the cruxes! The crux for me was getting out of the large v-slot chimney thing after the first crux. If you suck at crack climbing and would prefer steep crimping Eldo-ish climbs (like me!), get ready for a wild ride! I wish I had at least doubles on #2 and #3 sizes. Aug 22, 2009
IMO, this climb is much more fun than J Crack and not nearly as painful on the feet! Mar 26, 2012
Santa Monica, Ca.
YDPL8S   Santa Monica, Ca.
Spent a weekend doing Femp, Pear Buttress, and J-Crack. That was a full, fun crack time, Lumpy style! Mar 29, 2012
John Korfmacher
Fort Collins, CO
John Korfmacher   Fort Collins, CO
Excellent climb...much of the route protects well with stoppers, although a couple of extra pieces in the #0.5-#2 Camalot range are useful for the long, long P2. The thin corner near the top of P2 was definitely the crux for me. Except for the cruxes, much of the rest of this pitch is 5.7-5.8 with occasional non-footjam rests.

I definitely recommend the 5.10b finish (option C in the route description) which is exposed, strenuous, and well-protected. Jul 30, 2012
Mitch Musci
Estes Park, CO
Mitch Musci   Estes Park, CO
That pin on P2 has seen better days. A #4 BD stopper fits in a great constriction a few feet below it. Taking the 5.9 seam to the right for P3 makes for a killer linkup! Nov 12, 2013
Alex Vidal
Boulder, CO
Alex Vidal   Boulder, CO
Pretty nice route with pretty good protection. The pin seemed reasonable, and there are two good small (#4ish BD) nut placements within close proximity (1ft and 3ft). Also, it is possible to get to the Cave Exit/Cheap Date options by climbing the original finishing pitch, up through the roof onto the slab, and then working left through some very moderate slab (runout). Aug 17, 2014