Type: Trad, 300 ft, 4 pitches
FA: Keith Robinson - 1974
Page Views: 8,491 total · 58/month
Shared By: saxfiend on Dec 15, 2006
Admins: saxfiend

You & This Route


42 Opinions

Your To-Do List:

Add To-Do · View List

Your Star Rating:


     Clear Rating

Your Difficulty Rating:


-none- Change

Your Ticks:

Add New Tick
    -none-
Access Issue: Climbing Permit Needed-Seasonal Raptor Closure Details

Description

One of the few moderates in the gorge, Digital Delight is a fun challenge for the leader breaking into the 5.8 grade. Most climbers skip the dirty first pitch, instead opting to take the trail switchback to the big ledge at the top of P1 and start on the second pitch. This is one of a few climbs that tops out on the lip of the gorge.

P1 - climb a vegetated corner that angles up and right to a tree ledge (actually a continuation of the base trail). 60'
P2 - work your way up a chimney, passing a tree, to a sizeable ledge; move left to belay. 80'
P3 - stem and crack climb up a nice orange corner, leading to another ledge. Avoid knocking off loose rock as you move left to a slung tree and belay. 50'
P4 - traverse slightly left from the belay, then move up a right-facing corner, trending right under roofs, and continue to the top of the gorge. 110'

Location

Starts down the trail from Primitive Paradox, about 50' right of Highly Wired. Double-rope rap from a stout cable on a tree at the topout.

Protection

Standard rack; small to medium gear. No bolted belays/anchors.
BirminghamBen
Birmingham, AL
 
BirminghamBen   Birmingham, AL
 
Best way out of the gorge to avoid a hike out. P4 gets loose, reachy, and thin as you trend right. As an option, trend left for hard climbing but more holds and less loose rock. Mar 29, 2007
Joey Wolfe  
 
The gear on the open book corner pitch(pitch three by the above description) is thin, small stoppers are useful. Feb 26, 2008
Stephen Felker
Boulder, CO
 
Stephen Felker   Boulder, CO
 
Classic moderate...probably climbed this route 20 times. Consider skipping pitch one and combining two and three. The gear leading up to the crux on pitch three can be tricky, but then you can slot a perfect nut. Beware, a key jug has a huge crack and could break one day (grab it on the left). Be careful of the loose blocks on the pitch four belay. Then, head up and left from the belay past a flake to a cramped ledge under the roof. Step out and right, keeping right. The top out is a blast. Dec 1, 2009
Shadrock
Here and there.
Shadrock   Here and there.
Have a question about possible alternatives on P4. Did this today (6/7/2014) and, while trending somewhat left at the start of P4, went up through a big overhang on relatively easy terrain. I was definitely not in the corner (probably 10-15 ft to the right of it): you can see the route I took in this image - I'm the little helmet peaking out on the right hand side of the frame. We belayed at an old tree about 20ft left of the top-out from P3, then I went pretty much up an easy face to a big pod, and then pulled out of a roof on a big lieback. Again, I definitely didn't traverse all the way over to a right-facing corner.

There are two fixed pieces at the time of writing (cams: the upper one is an orange Omega "link" cam). I'm just curious if this is on-route for DD or something else. Any thoughts? Just curious.... Jun 7, 2014
Stephen Felker
Boulder, CO
 
Stephen Felker   Boulder, CO
 
Shadrock: IMO, going over the little roof like you described is not a variation but the main route up P4. Jun 9, 2014
Shadrock
Here and there.
Shadrock   Here and there.
Thanks, SF. I was a little confused seeing pics of folks who appeared to be further off to the left. Just wondered if I'd gone astray. Thanks for the confirmation. Cheers. Jun 10, 2014
Will Carney
Tallulah Falls, GA
  5.8
Will Carney   Tallulah Falls, GA
  5.8
Saw that link cam on Tuesday. At this point, I usually move out onto the face of adjacent side of the chimney/roof. There's a nice foot placement around the corner just outta sight. Oct 23, 2014
Murphy Miller
Swannanoa, NC
 
Murphy Miller   Swannanoa, NC
 
I am so grateful Keith R. got us on this shortly before he passed. An unforgettable day. Hard to believe this was put up by a teenager from Druid Hills, bumming money for gas to the Gorge. Well done Sire! Mar 2, 2017
Adam Kunis
Athens
 
Adam Kunis   Athens
 
Finished this with the last pitch of Chimichanga today. Made for a very interesting lead with packs. From P3 anchors head right up the awesome crack and savor the exposure as you step around the arete. The gear and rock quality was mediocre in places, but the climbing was pretty fun. This does make the climb harder Dec 17, 2017