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Rite of Passage
Avg: 3 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, 280 ft, 2 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||KC Baum and Mel Thorson|
|Page Views:||140 total · 1/month|
|Shared By:||Skyeler Congdon on Aug 15, 2009|
|Admins:||Jesse Zacher, Jared LaVacque, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThe full name of this route is "Rite of Passage: A Tribute to Mugs Stump." It is considered one of the hardest ticks in the Canyon. KC dedicated the route to his friend, the visionary climber Mugs Stump, who had recently died near the time of the FA.
This is a 4 star route that has probably not seen 10 ascents in 15 years. It has fallen into disrepair. There are large bushes growing in the middle of the route and much of the crack is muddy. With regular ascents, this route would be a Unaweep classic. Even as it stands now, it is worth doing.
Baum breaks the route into 3 pitches, but it could be done in two long pitches. Climb fingers and face until the crack opens more, eventually ledging out 120 feet up (optional first belay). Continue with good, steep hands and finger to another stance (60 feet). Here is where the bushes get gnarly. Climb steep hands, passing an OW with a rest. Now the crux: flared tips for 6 feet- very sequential! Once through the business, enjoy steep jamming of various sizes until you reach the most desperate mantle I've ever done. Good luck. It's a brilliant end to a memorable climb - pure Unaweep!