Type: Trad
FA: Flint Thorne, 1989
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Shared By: Chris Bersbach on Nov 17, 2013
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Sharing the start (and first two bolts) with Camel, Humps offers a harder, more committing finish through a cruxy mantle, and some thin dihedral climbing to attain a huge jug. When you head left after Camel's second bolt, clip a third before the mantle, a fourth afterward, and then place a small cam (a green C3 or grey Master Cam fits perfectly) in a slot above and right of the orb before heading up easier slopers to the chains.


Same start as for “Camel” but head left after clipping the 2nd bolt.


4 bolts + small gear.


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Chris Bersbach
Arroyo Grande, CA
Chris Bersbach   Arroyo Grande, CA
For the record, I thought this was more like 11b, but I rated it 11a to stay true to the local guidebooks.

Update 08/13/2014: Having finally led Humps clean, I feel more confident critiquing the original grade - to me it felt like hard 11. Definitely more difficult than Western Airlines, and in the same ballpark as the direct finish of Crank You, Thank You. However, this could be somewhat height-dependent; my shorter partner cruises the crux using lower crimps that are too compressed for me to get my feet up. He says that none of the moves feel harder than 11a to him, so your mileage may vary.

Either way, it's a shame that this line doesn't get more attention. I've seen plenty of suitors come and go on the other hard-ish routes on Cracked Wall, but never seen anyone but us on Humps. It's a great lead, a nice line, has clean falls at both of the main cruxes, and is overall well-protected (for Bishop's Peak, anyway) if you bring the recommended tiny cams for the narrow slot after the final crux. Go get some, folks! Nov 18, 2013
Kash Dierksheide
Atascadero, California
Kash Dierksheide   Atascadero, California
This is a great route. Today I did a variation straight over the bulge between "Humps" and "Camel". I would still rate it .11a but it's definitely an awesome variation. youtube.com/watch?v=uLXnxXH… Sep 21, 2014