Avg: 2 from 3 votes
Routes in Notchtop
|Direct South Ridge T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Finding Religion on the Spiral T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R|
|Instant Clarification (AKA Rap Route) T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Laid Back (a.k.a. NE Ridge) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Mornin' T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Optimismus T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Relief Train T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Religion T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R|
|Spiral Route T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c|
|Topnotch T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|White Room T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c X|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 600 ft, 7 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Roger Briggs and Larry Hamilton, June 1974|
|Page Views:||2,198 total, 12/month|
|Shared By:||L. Hamilton on Apr 10, 2003|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionWhite Room wanders up the broad wall to the right of Optimismus, finishing up a prominent corner. The climbing is excellent but serious. The first ascent party, who climbed this route hammerless and without camming gear, wrote afterwards that they were "impressed by the steep, usually difficult, inobvious and solid nature of the rock, and also by the occasional poorness of protection and belay anchors." Fortunately, no falls were taken. They rated the route IV 5.10.
The poorly-protected 5.11 section at mid-height on the current line was originally bypassed via devious and poorly-protected 5.8. Escape is possible at several points above, but the final two pitches are the climb's best.
The route name refers to the climactic inside corner, with overtones of madness and electric guitar.