Type: Trad, 250 ft (76 m), 2 pitches
FA: FA: B. Prudden & H. Kraus - 1952FFA: D. Williams & J. McCarthy - 1961FFA (Direct): I. Rezucha & J. Pofit - 1975
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Access Issue: Tree Preservation and Rappelling Details


In 1937 Bonnie Prudden shattered her pelvis in a skiing accident. A doctor told her, "You will always limp; no more skiing, climbing, dancing. And no children." Nothing like a promise like that to stir a climber to great things: fifteen years later she made the historic first ascent of Bonnie's Roof, after the legendary Hans Kraus backed down and handed her the sharp end.

Bonnie's Roof is a really enjoyable climb that launches up the most obvious right-facing dihedral in the Trapps. The Bonnie's Roof access trail is the next one after the High Exposure access trail, about a 15 minute walk from the Uberfall, and a 10 minute walk from where the East Trapps Connector Trail meets the carriage road.

P1 (5.9, 130'): Begin by jamming and stemming through several bulges to a high belay below the roof. One of the early bulges checks in at 5.9 and is the crux. This long pitch can be broken into two if necessary.

P2 (5.7, 50'): Traverse left across the steep face to the arete, following obvious chalked holds and gear placements, then head up to the top.

P2 (Direct): Bonnie's Roof Direct is a highly recommended variation that continues up into the roof, slightly right, and then pulls through the roof at a steep thin hands crack (5.9++) - wildly exposed!

From the top, rappel with two ropes. With one rope, you can walk back to the High Exposure rap line, or head right to rappel over Ursula.


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