Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: Debbie Sarabia, Dick Montione, 1990
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Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 31, 2006
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Bongo has character. It is a fun route, but it is also a heady route. It is easy, but it is hard.

The route follows a splitter crack up a slabby face. Most of the climbing is on the surrounding face, but knowing how to jam will help a lot on this route.

The "bongo" is up high, a plate of friable rock that resounds when knocked upon. Unfortunately, there is a perpetual wasp nest somewhere inside the cavity of rock. It's usually not too bad if you tread lightly, but there is always some joker in your party that has to knock around on the stuff.


Walk along the cliffline past quite a few crack systems. Just before a distinct right slanting dihedral right over the trail is a splitter crack on a slab. This is Bongo.


Standard rack. Bolt anchors.


Rick L
Indianapolis, IN
Rick L   Indianapolis, IN
No Wasps found behind the bongo as of 4/29/2017. Its a really cool feature but pretty nerve wracking to climb on/around. It really freaking resonates when knocked! May 2, 2017
No wasp nests 10/13/18. Fun route. Typical RRG 5.6(or 5.7), can feel a grade or two harder with the steepness thrown into the mix, but the steepness is short-lived on this one and the gear is elementary. Do it! Oct 14, 2018
Jordan M.  
Great route with good gear placements. Mostly a finger crack with the occasional solid hand jam. I used an arm bar in the wide spot. First person video:
Part 1: youtu.be/yl2zUaM44rs
Part 2: youtu.be/eiygQ9Y_HlU Jan 7, 2019