Type: Sport, 675 ft, 7 pitches, Grade II
FA: Leland Windham, Ron Cotman 2000
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Shared By: ScottH on Feb 1, 2006 with 1 Suggestions
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Obstensibly 7 pitches long, Condorphamine Addiction is one of those routes that everyone has something to say about, and not all of them good. One thing that everyone will say is that the route is overbolted, and they're right-- it's often possible to clip a bolt and back clean the one below it from a single stance. This a distraction from the quality of the climbing, which is a shame. Condorphamine Addiction packs some enjoyable moderate pitches and two excellent friction crux pitches into a long climb that ends in a commanding position high in Icicle Creek canyon.

I'm giving this route 4 stars for it's aesthetic position in the canyon, for being a long and enjoyable multipitch sport climb, for interesting climbing on (most) of the easier pitches, and two crux pitches that hold their grade. It's probably worth fewer than that, but I couldn't bring myself to give it 3.

The climb could be done in 7 30M pitches and I've described the climb that way below, but no sane person would climb it that way. We combined P1&2, 3&4, and 5&6; I think it would be possible to combine any 2 pitches with a 60 M rope. It may be better to split P5&6 so each leader gets one of the hard ones. Find the start of Condorphamine Addiction near the far right side of the buttress.

P1. A short 5.8 pitch leads up to a set of anchors low on the face (yes, those anchors).

P2. From the end of P1, climb up and into a corner (trickier than it looks), and make a series of interesting 5.9 moves up to a nice belay ledge. (5.9)

P3. The dog of the climb, this is a short section of class IV and 5.0 climbing up and left on ledgy ground.

P4. Head up on a face angling to the right. 5.8/5.9.

P5. The first crux pitch. The crux involves interesting stemming and friction moves in an imposing and steep position. 5.10b

P6. From the top of the 5th pitch continue up on 5.10 climbing to a crux section on delicate edges (5.10b). Combining P5&6 gives close to 200 feet of quality 5.10 face climbing.

P7. Climb fun 5.5 terrain to the top.

To descend, you can rap the rotue and with 2 60M ropes, you can speed your descent and have more flexibility to avoid ascending parties. Otherwise there is an easy ~20m rap from a live tree to the gully behind with a slightly dirty walk off.

Protection

Lots o' draws. If you are combining pitches remember to bring extra draws, skip bolts, or back clean periodically.

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