Type: Trad, 750 ft, 5 pitches, Grade III
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Shared By: grk10vq on Jul 26, 2008
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A classic, multi-pitch, moderate! The Ramp is an excellent alpine route with good protection, solid rock, and distinct, memorable climbing. The cruxes are well protected and they climb through quality stone. Ascending is varied and all skill types are required, but the line tends to be on the easier side, making this is a great route for all abilities. Expect to climb crack, slab, and face as you make your way to the summit.

Pitch 1: Start on the ledge and climb the obvious hand crack past a dead tree and go through a bulge. Follow the crack system up the center of the face to a ledge and build a belay. (5.8 / ~110 feet)

Pitch 2: Slab climb up a faint and thin crack system, heading up and left to a small flat ledge. Build a belay. (5.6 / ~115 feet)

Pitch 3: Follow random cracks and climb the face for 165+ feet to a section of dead trees. Mileage will vary, so choose your own adventure. If you veer off course, the hardest you can make this pitch will be probably be 5.7 Build a belay (5.7 / ~165 feet)

Pitch 4: Lean left and follow a crack system up to huge ledge below the steepest section of the wall. Build a belay on a large ledge below a dihedral. (5.7 / ~180 feet)

Pitch 5: Move right and climb a left-facing corner off the big ledge system. The crux is right off the ground and the climbing will gradually ease as you climb higher. Build a belay. (5.8 / ~150 feet)

Pitch 5 (variation): A worthwhile variation, this version climbs a crack straight up from the ledge through two shallow roofs then into easier climbing to the top and summit. Build a belay. (5.8+ / ~150 feet)

Descent: Multiple options exist, but the most logical is to walk off and scramble down by using ledges and gullies on climbers right of the formation. There is a double rope rappel to the left (south), but this will only be useful if you brought two ropes. The walk-off descent isn't bad, but it is not for the faint of heart. Assess your party and prepare accordingly.

Location

Take East Rosebud Road over the creek and deep into the dirt. Park at the largest pullout and locate the rock and hillside. Follow a faint trail and thrash up to the obvious ramp formation. Rope up on a ledge under the striking and clean hand crack.

Expect a rough 45 minute approach. Cairns are faint and the struggle is real. Good things come to those who bushwack.

Protection

A standard rack of cams up to 4 inches and a full set of stoppers will do for most veteran climbers. A few off-sets would be nice, but aren't necessary. Don't bring anything bigger than a #3 BD camalot. Slings and a few double length runners help reduce drag on the longer pitches, I would recommend around ten runners. If you want to play it safe you could bring doubles up to a #3 camalot and double up on slings. There are NO bolted anchors on this route, so be comfortable building belays.

 A 60m rope will do, but a 70m makes life easier and eliminate questioning. If you are bringing your grandma up The Ramp and she wants to rappel, bring two cords.

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MTKirk
Billings, MT
 
MTKirk   Billings, MT
 
I thought the hand crack, over a bulge, start to this was at least 5.8 maybe even 5.9, but it's only one or two moves & the protection is excellent (#1 camalot I think). The "5.9" variation of the last pitch looks hard, it's steep and exposed but I think it climbs easier than the start. DMM Alloy & brass offsets were very useful in the flared cracks that make up the bulk of the route. I took triple camalots from .5 to 1, two #2's, two #3's, & mastercam sizes 0, 1, & 2. Brought BD stoppers but was only able to set a couple, probably would be better to just double up on the offsets. Used lots of extenders (10 or so) even a couple double length to keep the rope running well. With a 70M you can easily reach the top in 4 pitches. Oct 3, 2012
IJMayer
Anacortes, WA
IJMayer   Anacortes, WA
How long were the pitches and how sustained were the cracks? Did you really need triples? Jan 11, 2013
Anthony Pavkovich
Bozeman
 
Anthony Pavkovich   Bozeman
 
The 5.9 variation for the last pitch is stellar. Great gear placements and rests before each bulge. Excellent finish to this route. For gear, I took a set of cams to #3 and doubled the #s 1-3. Only placed one offset and the bd stoppers went in great. Sep 3, 2013
nmiller
Bozeman, MT
  5.8
nmiller   Bozeman, MT
  5.8
the descent gully on climbers right (mostly coming down the next ribs of rock, dropping into gully about halfway down) is a scramble, no raps needed. Super fun route with quick access Dec 5, 2015
Jack McNeil
Louisville, Co
  5.7
Jack McNeil   Louisville, Co
  5.7
awesome route! Do the 5.9 roof at the top. it is most excellent! Mar 8, 2017
Zach Wahrer
Bozeman, MT
  5.8
Zach Wahrer   Bozeman, MT  
  5.8
I did a full write up on my website for those interested in pitch by pitch beta for this climb.

I would definitely say this route is a must do if you are in the area, especially the 5.9 variation!

And for the descent, I'd recommend doing the double rope rap off the top (climbers left side), rather than the gully scramble/downclimb to the climbers right. Having done both, it is worth hauling up the extra rope. Jun 26, 2017
Big thanks for the blog post above^--great pitch by pitch breakdown.

A couple more clarifying thoughts:
-Gear: Standard selection of nuts, cams from .3-#3 BD with doubles from .75-2 BD Lots of long runners.
-5.8 start is right next to the dead tree. As mentioned, bigger hands make the mini-roof harder.
-5.9 upper section is very, very fun. Protects very well. It's the crack with two roofs immediately climber's left of the 5.7 dihedral; the lower roof has a chockstone to sling once you pull around it. Upper section, as mentioned, pulls over a cool features with two horns that looks like the head of a slug.

Approach: follow meadows and ridges of boulders up through the scrubby bits to the base of the climb.

Descent: Just atop the 5.9, two obvious, shiny bolts on the south/southwest side make for a great rappel into the gully far below. We had plenty of rope with two 70s; two 60s would also work (swing rappeler's left to shorten it a bit). Easy walk down from there (class 3 max) which takes you very near to the base. Sep 7, 2017
Matt Wenger
Bozeman
  5.8
Matt Wenger   Bozeman
  5.8
What a fantastic climb and great view! Great exposure on the last pitch! From car to plugging gear on P1 took us a solid hour. On the approach, try and follow cairns for the path of least resistance. Head slightly right of the Ramp at first, heading up a small scree covered ridge. This is better than the bushwhacking we did. Bring LOTS of slings, as it was stated before, the route kind of wanders in places. Can be easily be done in 4 long pitches if leading on a 70m rope. Rappel can be done with two 60m ropes (We led on a 70m and packed a thin 60m for the rappel). Beware of rappelling through a little notch that could catch your rappel knot. Bring some cord/webbing for the rappel station. Jul 15, 2018