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Routes in Distant Drum

Bear Necessities S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Chief Running Bush T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Chutes and Daggers S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Congolese Crescendo T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Forbidden Coast Line T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Gabonese Grin T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hear No Evil T 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Me Tarzan T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Monkey Sea Foam S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Monkey Shoulder T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
One Degree of Separation S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Scapular Arete T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
See No Evil S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
She Jane S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Simeon Smile S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Source of de Nile, The T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Swinging From Limbs T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Swinging on Webs S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Touch No Evil T,S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Zoo Keeper T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Type: Trad, Sport, Alpine, 80 ft
FA: Roy Suggett and Phillis Suggett-Sep. 2012
Page Views: 585 total · 8/month
Shared By: Roy Suggett on Sep 4, 2012
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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This route has a good deal of varied climbing: crack, a traverse, an arete, some face and is the only route in the Jungle where you can easily top out on good rock to enjoy the view! A good warm up line that starts 5.6, then a 5.7 traverse leads to a 5.8 arete that finishes on a 5.9 face.


Near the end of the "Distant Drum Area" and the "Village Wall," this line requires a 4th class scramble up the talus chute for about 20 feet. This is the same approach to gain access to the chimney which leads to the top.


The 5.6 off width start is used only for gear, the abundant edges provide all one needs to set two #5s or a #5 and a #6. Two 5 ft. runners, five shoulder length runners, and five quick draws gets you to chains. One bolt mid way through is a bit off to the right. This sometimes happens in the Jungle when a conscientious route-setter chooses better rock over better reach location.


This is a good route not to be missed. For a competent 5.9 leader, the OW start will be easy to do without bringing the big gear. The traverse is very exciting and the finish is loads of fun as well. I definitely suggest leaving the big gear on the ground though. Jan 20, 2013

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