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Routes in b. Gelsa to Moe (closure)

5.8 Crack Climb T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
After You T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Back to the future T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Bird Cage T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Birdbrain T,TR 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a X
Birdland T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Boob Job T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
El Camino T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
El Kabong T,TR 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R
Elder Cleavage Direct T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Eraserhead T,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Farewell to Arms T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fat and Weak T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Grease Gun Groove T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Lonely Challenge T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Loose Goose T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Moe T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pain Strain T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a PG13
Road Warrior T,TR 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R
Roseland T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Shitface T,TR 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Silver Bullet T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Slammin' the Salmon T,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
To Be Or Not To Be T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
To Have or Have Not T,TR 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b R
Transcontinental Nailway T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Tulip Mussel Garden T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Up Yours T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Yum Yum Yab Yum T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Type: Trad, 250 ft, 3 pitches
FA: Jim McCarthy, Hans Kraus 1958. FFA: Jim McCarthy, 1960
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Roseland has one of the best 5.9 pitches in the Gunks. Since there are fixed chains at the end of the first pitch, most climbers rap after the first pitch.

Start about 80' left of Gelsa and 45' right of Transcon at a beautiful right-facing corner with an overhang halfway up.

P1: Follow the beautiful right-facing dihedral for 65'. The crux comes as you traverse to the right for 15' to the anchors. 5.9, 90'.

P2: Follow a shallow corner located up and left from the belay. Belay on a ledge. 5.8, 60'.

P3: The final pitch takes a line on the arete to the left of Gelsa. 5.7, 100'.


Gear to #2 Camalot with extra finger-sized gear.


San Pedro, California
Benjaminadk   San Pedro, California
Great corner. Pumpy traverse. Would like to hear about upper pitches or linkups. Nov 10, 2014
Lots of climbing at 8 and more. No single notably hard move, though one seemed a bit reachy for those of us less than 5ft9in. Good technique helps save strength on the lower two-thirds, but I think the key to success is plenty of finger endurance to get thru the upper traverse, and without freaking out so do not miss that actually it's gotten easier further right on the traverse.

Note that if the follower falls after unclipping the first piton on the upper traverse, might fall down to a place out of reach of both Roseland and of the 5.8 finish of Shitface. Apr 11, 2013
Christine Spang
Oakland, CA
Christine Spang   Oakland, CA
The first pitch is fantastic, but the second and third seem seldom-traveled. Not quite sure I climbed the right thing for those as they seemed easy for the grade and involved a small overlap with Gelsa on p2, but fun anyway! Oct 22, 2012
Carl A
brooklyn, ny
Carl A   brooklyn, ny
Great climb, smooth feet but totally stem-able, I wouldn't want to do it in the sun. I wouldn't call it sustained but the traverse is a pumpy. There were two fixed pitons when I did it and the rope drag became horrible, maybe I should have used a long draw on the 2nd piton? Aug 19, 2012
An alternative and more exciting finish to the first pitch is to go straight up about halfway through the traverse and then make your way right to the chains. In the photo, it goes through the v-notch above the triangular roof which is up and right of the climber. May 5, 2006

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