Routes in Nautilus
A Little on the Ugly Side T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a | |
Air Voyager With Report S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b | |
Automotive Supply House T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c | |
Baalbek T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a | |
Baldwin's Chimney T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c | |
Banana Hammock 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c V2 5+ | |
Bat Guano Crack (mistakenly aka B-G Crack) T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c | |
Bat Heaven T,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b | |
Blood Sport TR 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a V5 6C | |
Bombay T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 | |
Bombs Away aka B52 T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a | |
Bug Squad T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R | |
Campsite Host Boulder V2-3 5+ | |
Candlestick T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Cannonball T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a | |
Captain Nemo T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b | |
Central Scrutinizer, The T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c | |
Cool Hand Luke T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b | |
Cornelius T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a | |
Crankenstein T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a | |
Cupcake T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b V1 5 | |
Deception T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c | |
Deep Throat T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a | |
Drunken Redneck Rappellers S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c | |
Dual T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c | |
Easy Jam T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c | |
Ejector-Rejector TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a | |
Elevator T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a | |
Escalator T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b | |
Etude For The Left Hand TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a | |
Etude For The Right Hand S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a | |
Failure to Communicate T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a | |
Father 1 T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c | |
Final Cut, The T,S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b | |
Finally T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a | |
Flare Thee Well T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c | |
Flying Buttress T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b | |
Folded, Spindled, and Mutilated T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a | |
Fourth of July Roof T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b | |
Friday the 13th T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b | |
Friday the 13th, Part 2 T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c | |
Ghost Dance T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c | |
Grand Traverse, The T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b | |
Gravity's Rainbow T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R | |
H & H Grunt T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 | |
Hairlip T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a | |
Hamburger Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Handjacker T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Harder Than Your Husband T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b | |
Hemoglobin T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c | |
Hesitation Blues T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c | |
Horticulture T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b | |
Humper T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c | |
Hurley-Fowler T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a | |
I'm Spartacus T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c | |
In The Dark T V5 6C | |
In the Groove T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b | |
Jim Jam T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a | |
Jim Jam Junior T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Joke T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b | |
Kiai T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 | |
Knee Grinder T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c | |
Knothole T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c | |
Left Torpedo Tube T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b | |
Lower Progressive T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a | |
Lower Slot Left T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Lower Slot and Upper Slot T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Lucky You T V6 7A | |
Max Factor T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a | |
MaxiLash T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c | |
Middle Parallel Space T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a | |
Mother 1 T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Murphy's Law V4-5 6B+ | |
Nemo's Nemesis S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a | |
Nemo's Toad T,TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a | |
New Mutant T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b | |
Nitrogen Narcosis T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c | |
Octagon T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b | |
October Light T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c | |
Old Eyeful T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b | |
Outrider S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 | |
Par Four T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c | |
Petite Tarsalation T,TR 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a | |
Piton Perch T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b | |
Popcorn Farce T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a | |
Postman, The T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b | |
Pretty S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c | |
Republic, The V10 7C+ | |
Right Parallel Space T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a | |
Right Torpedo Tube T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a | |
Right Winger T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c V0 4 | |
Shotgun Willy V5 6C | |
Sitdown Seam V3 6A | |
Slab Stealer T V4 6B | |
Slat T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Slick and Superficial T,S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b | |
Slit T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Slut T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Soak'em In Cider V5 6C | |
Stand and Deliver S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a | |
Step Ladder T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b | |
Stinkzig T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Straight 4 Ward T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a | |
Stranded at Sea T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b R | |
Sun Up To Sundown V6-7 7A+ | |
TTL T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c | |
TTR T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b | |
Tarsalation T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b | |
Ted's Trot T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Tempest V9 7C | |
Thin Lizzy T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b | |
Thunderbolt T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a | |
Twinkle Toes V2 5+ | |
Unknown Crystal Slab V1 5 | |
Unknown Mantle V2 5+ | |
Upper Progressive T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a | |
Upper Slot Left T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b | |
Vault T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a | |
Vedajuicer, The T V11 8A | |
Vulture Direct T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a | |
W.C. Fields T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b | |
Wall-To-Wall T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c | |
War Zone T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c | |
Where the Sidewalk Ends 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a V0-1 4+ | |
Whipping Boy T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a | |
Willem Dafoe's Blood Penis TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c | |
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Type: | Trad |
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Shared By: | Joe Keyser on Jul 21, 2001 |
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Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014
Details
Per Henry Lester: all the dirt roads into the climbing and camping areas are closed to motorized vehicles until July 2015 because of resource degradation.
Per Henry Lester: all the roads have been reopened as of June 2014.
Per Henry Lester: all the roads have been reopened as of June 2014.
Description
This was described in the guide book as a classic route...deservedly so IMO! The approach to the base of the crack is hidden. Essentially, there is a huge pile of boulders and flakes around the base of the climb. So, if you walk up in front of this, and take a tunnel into a cave on the left, you end up in a cave with a hole coming out that would get you there. Instead of coming out of that hole, go all the way to the VERY back of the cave, look down to the right, and you will find a hidden easy chimney that puts you right at the base.In any case, get to the bottom of the nice looking crack (one crack to the right from a huge chimney, Baldwin's Chimney, 5.4, that splits the whole face, and ends up at a chockstone on the left). The first half of the pitch is wide for about 50 feet. Wedge yourself into the thing, and heel toe your way up. I had my left side in, so, maybe rack up mostly on the right. After about halfway, the crack becomes an excellent, and steep handcrack until it peters out, and ends on a flat section. From the flat section, you go left to belay at the chockstone. You will have to jump over Baldwin's Chimney to get to the chockstone. Or, if nobody is watching, just downclimb, and cruise over to it...:) The belay at the chockstone can be made with slings, and/or your lead rope. And you could back it up with a large cam, but, with the same 100 million ton boulder.
To get off the route, you continue up the Parabolic Slab, (5.2). I'm reasonably sure you could also do this in the same pitch as Mother #1, and skip the chockstone belay. Either way, this continues up, and slightly right from the end of the Mother #1 crack for about 30 feet. It's a low-angled slab with crystals. No pro, but, no worries (maybe a little interesting in the rain). You can do a really fun, overhanging rappel off the back side of the slab (this is the same rappel that is shown on the back of the guidebook). This rappel takes you to a walk off that continues by sort of spiraling back down the crag clockwise.
You can also rap off the top of Father #1 which is the 5.11 finger crack to the right on Mother #1.
After we did this route, a geology student informed us that the rock is well over 2 billion years old, and some of the oldest rock they know of...pretty cool beta anyways!
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31 Comments
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Laramie, WY
Colorado
If you have it, double #5 or a 5+6 could be used to protect the lower half. #6 later than the #5, when the offwidth really gets bad. Personally, I pushed the #5 along for a quite a way but did put in a #3 at some point just to backup a failure of the #5 (or a failure of my pushing).
Anchor is almost directly above the main crack, twin bolts in a European chain configuration. A fine belay spot to relax while bringing up your second. If you belay from here, you'll need to traverse the Parabolic Slab to whichever anchor you want to rap off of.
By the way, definitely start in the cave, it adds to the ridiculousness. I climbed with long pants, t-shirt, and no tape gloves. It worked out fine, YMMV. :)
As for the grade, it's offwidth, it is a workout. It's small enough to wedge part of you body in to keep yourself from falling out but big enough to be annoying and small enough that it can be protected with cams. So whatever grade that is.
HIGH TOP shoes or protected ankles highly recommended!!!
BETA - once you reach the narrow section at the top, you can drop the awkward wiggle, face directly into the crack, and walk up it like you would at the Creek. Jul 14, 2014
Historic SodoSopa
Laramie, WY
fort collins co
Farmington, nc
A couple of rap tidbits:
1 - If you rap off the anchors above The Postman, a 60m rope doesn't quite touch the ground but is sufficient. Short scramble to your pack.
2 - The rap station on the other side of Baldwin's Chimney above Whipping Boy is a dubious bolt-washer setup with some manky slings (as of Sep., 2010) rspecially with a bit of free rappel thrown in. I'm still here typing, so I guess it worked. Drops you right beside your pack. Sep 18, 2010
Estes Park, CO
Fort Collins, CO
Boise, ID
Parabolic slab is a nice way to finish, and lets you do the cool rappel. We did it with our 60m rope and had plenty to spare.
I was also definitely happy to have up to a #5 cam for pro. Jul 27, 2009
Laramie, WY
First, offwidth requires a different understanding of grades. If you consider Easy Jam to be 5.4, everything else makes sense.
Second, these grades assume zero issues with gear. Hideaway Chimney notably vacillates between 5.5 and 5.7 depending on if you are leading or toproping/soloing.
Third, Edward's is NOT benchmark 5.7 at Vedauwoo. There are one, or maybe two moves of 5.7, and the rest is 5.6. Lower Slot Left, Slit (or whatever the good sister of the Three Sisters is), or the first pitch of Nexus/Moor Crossing are all benchmark 5.7 crack climbs at Vedauwoo. Compared to say Lower Slot Right, or Captain Nemo (first pitch) or Straight and Narrow, Mother #1 is clearly easier. Thus, 5.7+ or (if you're feeling generous) 5.8-. If you object to the way things are graded, I encourage you to climb every single sub-5.10 route at Vedauwoo so as to develop a better hierarchy. Jul 27, 2009
Was Estes Park, now homeless
I racked left and faced left the entire way. Happy to have a #4 and a #5, both of which got pushed up the struggle.
Good times, though. A fabulous first OW for anyone new to Vedauwoo.
And? Let's be serious, fellas. Belay from the chockstones on the left? Do we have magic, no-friction ropes, then? The tip-top of the crack makes a fine anchor (save your #2s or black Aliens) and the second can leap frog with the leader up to the flat section.
And while we're at it, I know this is the big "V" and all and we're supposed to swallow all the hard-man sandbags like we're Marlborough Man tough. But anywhere else in this universe, this would be a 5.8. The Wind Ridge (Eldo), Kor's Flake (Lumpy), Bastille Crack (France...er...where?) all are fine, fine 7s. All, too, are banana splits in comparison.
This thing doesn't even compare locally. Go waltz up Edward's Crack (Walt's Wall) in your approach shoes (easily done) and tell me it's the same grade as Mother. Nooooooot. (And no, I don't buy into "+" and "-" ratings for 5.7s.
Five. Point. Eight. Jul 27, 2009
Boulder, Colorado
Moab
Denver, Colorado
Golden
Glenwood ,Co
With that being said I thought the rating was a little stiff for a 5.7 but I guess my technique lacked as I suffered , pulled gear and bleed up this course mother of a crack. I have led up to 5.9 trad and I thought this was the hardest and scariest 5.7 trad route I have done to date.
Even a small fall seemed to [remind] me of cheese in a grater. Just a little beta that would have helped me , get a piece and go, it only get's worse up [until] the top out (hand/ fists). I found it useful to get my right side in after the groove, but then again I grabbed gear once through that section.
I can see why it's a classic and mother #1 if you are ready for an ego bruising throw yourself at this. Oct 3, 2005
Loveland, CO
- Yes, you can climb to the anchors on the top of the Parabolic Slab. I think this is the nicer finish. It can be done with a 50m rope. Just remember a solid directional in the top of the crack before you break up and right.
- The rappel off of the back of the Parabolic Slab can be done with a single, 50m rope.
- The offwidth section is not terribly difficult, but it's long enough that a handful of big pieces are comforting. Nothing big above the obvious horizontal, so don't bother to save anything beyond a #3 Camalot.
- The rack-right comment is dead on for the offwidth, but I found it most comfortable to turn around at the horizontal and climb the upper crack right-side-in (rack on left). Aug 31, 2001