Type: Sport, 600 ft, 6 pitches
FA: Dane Bass & Matt Greco & Ralph Vega 2004
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Shared By: Charles Konopa on Dec 18, 2007
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P1: Climb ramp up to first bolt and pull roof. Some more climbing takes you to a 3 bolt anchor. 80 feet 5.7

P2: Follow closely spaced bolts up more difficult terrain. (Notice additional rap anchors off to right as an option to get down.) You will reach a stance below an intimidating roof. The anchors are at the top. 140 feet. 18 bolts plus anchor (though we skipped one of the bolts shortly before the roof). 5.10b

P3: The crux comes quick off the belay. Slab and/or arete climb up thru reachy crux and work your way to the right and then up following the bolts. 12 bolts plus anchors, 90 feet 5.10b.

P4: Start by going up over small roof. At the sixth bolt, start traversing left. You will feel more like a mountaineer on this part, but keep following the bolts as they will lead you to a nice belay. 14 bolts plus anchors, 110 feet 5.6. The belay here has two anchors, take your pick, but the one on the left is meant for the rappel into the meadow for you to scramble over back to the anchors of the pitch below.

P5: Pull big moves off big holds to start the pitch at 5.8, then continue to step your way up the arete, finding tougher sections along the way. Yes, the anchors are obvious when you get there. 90 feet 5.9.

P6: From the belay at the top of pitch 5, move belay about 30 feet across ledge to another set of anchors. Climb up steep rock to the top out. Two slinged draws are useful on this pitch: one for the first bolt, and another higher up (obvious). 90 feet 5.7 but I had some trouble with it because my hands were raw from the sharp rock.

Descent: One option is to rap the route you just climbed...yah, seems difficult after all that traversing. Or do what we did and rap Snott Girlz. At the summit, you will find the anchors to Snott Girlz about 6 feet around the corner. The raps go down and to the left (as looking at the wall). Some of the raps have more of a pendulum than others. The last rap down a 60 meter rope won't make it, so use an anchor about 30 feet lower and a little to your left.


Before reaching the cattle guard gate to pay, turn left and follow a trail up the left side of a small rock cliff with some red painted 51 on it. Follow the trails up and right to get on top of this cliff. You will then be at the start of Dope Ninja. The first bolt is at the top of the ramp. The second bolt is on the roof.


20 quick draws, some slinged draws come in handy.
Ron Olsen
Boulder, CO
Ron Olsen   Boulder, CO
A fun adventure sport-climbing route with a mountaineering feel. Here are my notes from our climb in Feb. 2007:

  • Finding the start can be tricky -- it's not really on the Mota Wall; it starts well down canyon. We made a mistake and went to the Mota Wall, and started climbing the left-most route. This actually was "I Believe I Can Fly", not Dope Ninja. Some locals told us we were on the wrong route. We came down and spent the next hour wandering around trying to find the correct start.
  • Here's how to find the start: Look for a 30'-high pillar next to the gravel wash, on the left side between the tin-roof pavilion and the entrance gate. Scramble up past the left side of the pillar to get to the start of the route. Identify the start by spotting the first two bolts shown in .
  • The second pitch is harder than the 5.9+ rating shown in the guidebooks. It felt about 10b/c -- about as hard as the start of the third pitch.
  • Bring some longer runners to keep down rope drag; you'll need these on the fourth pitch. You may also want to skip some clips on the traverse.
  • The hand-and-finger cracks on the sixth pitch felt more like 5.9 than 5.7 to me.
  • A 70m rope is useful if you want to rappel the route. Here's what we did:

1. Rappel from the summit to the top of p5.
2. Rappel from the top of p5 to the top of p4. 70m rope needed. You might be able to do this rap with a 60m rope and a bit of downclimbing, but it looked sketchy to me.
3. Rappel from the top of p4 to a garden area directly below. Traverse up right through a notch to the top of p3.
4. Rappel from the top of p3 to the top of p2.
5. Rappel from the top of p2 to the top of p1. 70m rope needed, or use intermediate anchors and do two rappels.
6. Rappel from the top of p1 back to the start. Jan 5, 2008
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
A little disappointing - an OK route but not a classic in my book. Watch for loose rock on the traversing pitch. Jan 5, 2008
gblauer Blauer
Wayne, PA
gblauer Blauer   Wayne, PA
The second pitch is much harder than the "9" rating. That said, it's not all that hard. I found the 10b pitch pretty hard/reachy (just one move).

Overall: This is a very interesting climb. very different climbing during the "alpine" section. I would do this climb just to have that experience. We did Snot Girlz the day before and then did this climb. They climb the same Gendarme, but on opposite sides. It was really fun to see the differences in the rock/climb. We rapped off of Snot Girlz. I think rapping Dope Ninja would be a nightmare! Jan 20, 2009
Austin, TX
KirkH   Austin, TX
Never rap this route unless you really need to. Snot Girlz is the standard decent.

Not a good route to do unless you are used to climbing the Potrero. Mar 17, 2009
Richard Fernandez
Flagstaff, AZ
Richard Fernandez   Flagstaff, AZ
Did the route, had a blast, the final 5.7 pitch is fantastic climbing, 5.7,5.9 whatever, it's a stellar pitch. Moutaineering with sport bolts, fun fun fun. We rapped the route, you can learn a lot by doing this, don't be lame and short change your self on this valuable experience. Nov 21, 2009
Lance Ranzer  
I really enjoyed this route minus the 5th pitch:

Beta on 5th Pitch -- Keep left the entire traverse part. However there is a high bolt on top of a boulder around the 6 bolt(kinda hidden) - I suggest clipping into this with a long 24 to 36 inch runner and skip clipping the bolts on the traverse. till you get closer to the anchors. This will help rope drag and getting the rope stuck as a leader.

If your linking pitches, do not do it with this pitch! Other than that, I don't know why this route gets a bad reviews. Awesome fun climb!! Dec 3, 2015
Ryan McDermott
Pittsburgh, PA
Ryan McDermott   Pittsburgh, PA
Contrary to two comments above, Pitch 4, not Pitch 5, is the traverse pitch. Learned this the hard way linking pitches 3 and 4. Even then, with 215 ft. of rope out and running around three corners, the belay was surprisingly not bad--just have to skip a few traverse bolts and extend at at least six critical bolts. I really loved this climb because it fulfilled all my childhood dreams of alpine climbing--exposed, cold (in the shade almost all day), fourth-class sections that feel like 5.9, and gorgeous exposure. Plus my partner and I had to communicate by walkie-talkie--something that was never *necessary* when I was a kid and had walkie talkies, which was such a disappointment. Feb 5, 2017
Chris Michalowski
Granby, CO
Chris Michalowski   Granby, CO
Worth doing once. Apr 7, 2017
L L  
Fun route with a really adventurous feel. Comment beta was exceptionally useful. I'll add a few notes.

-Turn left before you get to fence through the wash or you wont be able to get to the base.
-The fourth traverse pitch is a ton of fun, but note: slings on the traverse are pretty much not optional. Either skip clips on the deep u in the traverse or put the longest runners you have. Otherwise the rope drag will be unbearable.
-As always in EPC, tread lightly. The party below us ripped off a massive rock that landed right at the base of the climb (right on top of another party).
-Rap Snott Girlz, even if everyone will hate you for it. The other rap option is kind of sketchy. If it's a busy day on Snott Girlz, it will take you a minute to get down. Apr 9, 2018
This route is ass. Okay maybe it's not complete ass, but there are many climbs that will be more worth your time in EPC, especially if time is of the essence.

We felt the grade was a little stiff. The 5.10b pitch has a pretty reachy crux that felt harder than 10b. The 5.9 is also tough for 5.9.

We rappelled off of pancho villa rides again because snot girls had, and likely will have, people on it all day. You can rap down either route. We rapped pancho villa with a 60 and it was fine - just barely enough.

This route is also a little chosy especially towards the top. And bring a light coat because it can get extremely windy.

Ultimately I dont recommend this route. 5 days ago