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Armed Robbery

5.9, Trad, Alpine, 1000 ft (303 m), 6 pitches, Grade IV,  Avg: 3 from 12 votes
FA: unknown
Wyoming > Grand Teton NP > Cloudveil Dome


A sweet line up the steep south face of cloudveil dome. No crowds, solid rock, and a spectacular setting: Git r done.
Route starts 40ft left of the large left rising ledge. Begin on 5.6 face left of a broken left facing corner to a belay ledge(140ft). Continue on 5.6 terrain to the large left rising ledge that splits the south face. Move the belay left up the ledge to broken rock below a pillar with a hand crack on the left (armed robbery) and thin crack on right (silver linning). Climb up to the base of the pillar and traverse left (5.8 spicy) to the long hand crack (5.8+ sustained). Build a semi hanging belay at a small ledge or with a 70m rope you can continue to a nice belay ledge at the top of the crack. 2-3 pitches of 5.7/5.8 lead to the summit.


Approach via Garnet Canyon to the meadows. Continue up the S. Fork and head to the saddle on the E ridge of Cloudveil. Stash gear here and descend South trending right. Look for a West facing gully in red rock. Descend the gully for a short distance untill you can scamble out right and onto a ledge system that runs along the base of the S face.
Descend the East ridge.


Pro to 3", double up on .5"-2", 70m rope is helpfull.

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Cloudveil Dome, South Face, Armed Robbery, marked in green
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Ted Farley
Bozeman, Mt
[Hide Comment] isn't this a north facing route? May 4, 2011
[Hide Comment] No, it's south facing. Jul 23, 2011
Charlie Jonas
[Hide Comment] Sustained and spicy 5.8+?! I haven't climbed this yet but this rating sounds like maybe we should just give in little a call it 5.9. Its kinda like when someone orders a steak and asks for it in-between medium-rare and medium. The distinction is just too small and ambiguous to exsist. Jul 28, 2014
Bart Young
Berkeley, CA / Kelly, WY
[Hide Comment] Did this route 2 days ago. We used Gams' Teton Rock Climbs book which was good but lacked a bit of clarity.
P1) Starts in the clean left facing, jagged corner as the book says. Goes up lesser quality rock to the left then back right to the base of a white pedestal with a bush. Belay here. Short pitch.

P2) Climb up the face above the pedestal to the right of horizontal cracks. Aim for the left facing corner formed by the arête on your right. Climb the corner, continue up and left via easy face climbing. We belayed from a large ledge slinging a big diving board-style rock as an anchor.

P3) Straight up off the belay using right leaning hand crack for pro. Continue straight up on easy terrain to a series of broad ledges. Climb the short 5.8 right facing corner to another huge ledge. I slung a large block for the belay.

P4) The "column" is straight above you. Go left up the corner/ramp. Traverse back to right over the 1st roof. Move straight up the right side of the 2nd roof. I recall that a #1 camalot could've been placed somewhere low on the climbers left here but the gear is marginal however you slice it. Move back left over the top of the 2nd roof towards the hand crack. Don't fall. Jam the hand crack making one last tricky move over the bulge to the belay.

P5) Climb up the hand crack working left past a couple of roofs. I "misplaced"the belay at a comfortable 1 x 2 foot ledge below the 2nd roof. However, 20 ft higher a giant ledge is available for the belay.

P6) Work left up a ramp, then head up and right over 5.7ish moves. Aim for a giant dihedral that looms up and right. Belay where comfortable.

P7) In my opinion, the best pitch of the climb but oddly given no description in the book. Somehow get into the giant corner. Jam and stem the 5.7/5.8 hand fist crack corner. Great movement with awesome exposure. So good! Top out on a giant ledge taking care not to knock rocks on your belayer. Belay the 2nd and scramble 50ft to the summit. Jul 29, 2014
Michael Azevedo
Jackson, WY
  5.9 PG13
[Hide Comment] I just did this climb this past weekend, and I wanted to say a couple things about it.

First, I've climbed a fair amount in the Tetons, and I would rate this as quite a good climb if you're cool with climbing in more remote locations. It's steeper than most Teton climbs, sustained for the grade (which I thought was a touch sandbagged), high quality rock (95% of the climb), and good pro (except for the R section), and some fun jamming! Pitch for pitch, definitely better and more sustained than the Snaz. That being said, I would recommend this climb if you're SOLID 5.9, maybe 5.10 leader. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who doesn't have a good head for multipitch/exposure/scarce gear.

A couple other tid bits:
I would HIGHLY recommend a 70m rope. I did it with a 60m and felt that we came up short every single pitch, and this forced us to use less than ideal belays and/or do short pitches that consumed time. This was quite annoying, and I'm not certain Gams topo would even works with a 60m. Maybe we just screwed something up.

I would recommend dubs .3 to 3, and good helping of runners unless you're super solid at the grade (I consider myself a pretty solid 5.10 leader). Having a second 3 was quite helpful, and placed it almost every pitch or on the anchor.

  • **DANGER: on pitch FIVE, there is a completely detached chock stone that appears to be a flake. I would highly recommend not touching it, and moving left to the face for just a couple feet. Your belayer is below, and it's about 4-6ft tall rectangle that could dice your rope or belayer of pulled off. Just be aware.
  • **BETA SPOILER ALERT: maybe I misunderstood Gams, but I thought I could find a far amount of "sneak" pieces in the R-section. Here's what I found: AFTER doing the first traverse, and beginning up the right side of the second roof, there was a bomber #1 horizontal. Next, a sneak .3/.4 placement in a little finger pod on the right side before traversing back left. This was right at the point where Armed Robbery and Silver Lining diverge. In the middle of the traverse, there was a pretty bomber horizontal #3 placement at about eye level. My follower reported it "kind of hard to get out", so it must have been decent. It wasn't exactly obvious because it's not a crack in the normal sense, but it took the gear. Finishing the traverse, and not far after the #3, there was a pretty good #1 before you begin up the unprotectable 8-10ft vertical section. Right now, there's a fixed nut with a long sling right at the top of this section, which was kind of nice. I would say you don't need all those pieces I just mentioned, so pick what you want — I was just unsure where my last good piece would be, so I didn't pass up a placement. Sling everything, and the drag won't be too bad.

Hope this actually helpful to some. Have fun and send it!

- Michael Azevedo Jun 28, 2016
[Hide Comment] Should this route really be rated grade 4, and can it be done from Avalanche Canyon? Jun 1, 2017