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Routes in Big Wall
|Armstrong Arches. T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b R|
|Boiler Plate Route T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b|
|Dartmouth Corner (a.k.a. Great Circle Route) T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|E12 T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Energizer T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b|
|Leading Cause variation right side. T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a|
|Leading cause T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b|
|R&B T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Rapper, The T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R|
|Revelations T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Spare Ribs T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R|
|Van Burren Route S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|White Lightning T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a X|
|giant dead tree corner, The T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Type:||Trad, 300 ft, 3 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||Bradley White , Lee the Flea, Jim Shimberg, 1987|
|Page Views:||521 total, 5/month|
|Shared By:||bradley white on Jul 25, 2009|
|Admins:||Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall|
DescriptionClimb friction face besides right facing bush filled corner 20ft until there are moves past a shallow arch (5-7+) one bolt. Continue up friction 20ft. until mounting the top of the corner (rest) on top of buttress. Continue up fractured rock solid easily, until nearly to the base of the giant arch at a large belay stance. (The bushy corner from the ground up and the giant arch heading west upwardly were climbed, probably by the D.O.C.). Move right across face until large hidden inside corner facing right is reached (5-8). Climb sustained corner past one 6" lost arrow pin below the top (5-9+) thirty ft. Do face moves left to a bolt (5-9) [or directly up above the corner (5-11aR), led by Jim Shimberg] to make face moves right to another bolt 20ft. Directly up after last bolt is a rest below a shallow arch (2 short questionable upside down pins) do a crux friction step up (5-10) to reach hand holds on an outside corner edge of a shallow inside corner facing right. Continue up it (5-10) getting in fingers nearly blind to putting in gear. Reach the arch with shallow foot ledges and more gear. Traverse right (on the second ascent with Jim, we belayed here. Jim led and bolted the short 15ft sustained (5-10c) start to a ceiling corner). Get around the left side of corner to an easier finish at the midway belay/rappel station on Spare Ribs.
This route is best done by the experienced to Owl's Head first. Climb was established to a become the direct approach to Spare Ribs.
You'll either hate it or love it for the same reason. The climb is definitely in need of retro-bolting maintenance. The run outs were dangerous and that's a good reason not to climb it today. It should be climbed though. So make it safer, and make every bolted climb on Owl's Head safer, (that doesn't have stainless steel bolts) retro-bolt in stainless or better.
The climbed was named after the song, The Rapper and partially to it being seen as a climb while rappelling from the midway ledge of Spare Ribs.
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