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Routes in Pitchoff Chimney Cliff

Bogosity (Link-up) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Coffee Achievers T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Disputed, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dynamo Hum T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
El, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Flying Squirrels T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Great Chimney T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Lonely, The T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
PF Flyers T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Pete's Farewell T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Raging Raven S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Roaches on the Wall T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rock and Roll Star T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Run Higher, Jump Faster T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Running of the Bulls T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Star Sailor T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Wald-Calder Route T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: S. Peter Lewis & Mark Arsenault - 1979
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Shared By: Greg Kuchyt on Jul 31, 2009
Admins: Jim Lawyer

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Begin at the P1 belay of Pete's Farewell and head straight up from the belay for the ledge about 10 feet above the spacious belay ledge with the obvious hand crack above. An awkward and intimidating couple of moves gains the crack (crux). Above, the crack lets up a little and becomes a little blocky and then widens into a small overhang. Pull through and continue through easier terrain to the fixed anchor.


Start: At the P1 belay of Pete's Farewell.
Descent: There are two bolts at the top of the route. Rappel into the chimney and either join with the 2nd rap anchor for Pete's Farewell or proceed to the ground (a rope stretcher on a 60m rope).
NOTE:DO NOT try to rappel the face of the Chimney Cliff, a 60m will end up being about 15' shy.


Gear to C4 #3 size, possibly a C4 #4-sized piece if you wish. Doubles in C4 size .75-1" could be helpful depending on your comfort level.
There are two bolts with rap rings attached via quick-links at the top.


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Dom R
Ouray, Colorado
Dom R   Ouray, Colorado
If it's busy at the first belay ledge for Petes you can climb this from the ground to the top and belay from above to avoid clogging up that ledge more. An additional way to minimize the cluster is to climb the wide crack on the right side of the Petes ledge, up to the stance before the crux, instead of climbing the face directly above the belay ledge. I recommend a #4 to protect that crack if you choose to do so. It's a little thrutchy. Fun route! Perfect jams up through the crux. May 4, 2016
Nick Weinberg
Lyme, NH
Nick Weinberg   Lyme, NH
Great crack climbing! I would say old school 5.8! Definitely worth doing, along with Star Sailor to the left. Aug 6, 2014
Peter Lewis
Bridgton, Maine
Peter Lewis   Bridgton, Maine
The gear list is hysterical (and likely accurate). When my partner and I did the FRA (hard to claim the true FA, even back then---it was just so stinkin' obvious), all we had was a bunch of straight-sided Chouinard stoppers, a set of hexes, some 1-inch webbing, and (as I recall), a hammer. I may have been wearing a 2-inch swami belt (Google it if you're not old enough to know what that is). As an interesting aside, a few minutes after topping out, I fell off the top of the cliff un-roped. To hear the rest of the story, see my comments for the neighboring climb, The El. (It's got a very happy ending.) Jan 16, 2014
Chris Duca
Havertown, PA
Chris Duca   Havertown, PA
Rappelling the route with a 70m rope will get to the ground with about 5 feet to spare on each end. Aug 1, 2009