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Routes in Hippo Wall

Color of Night S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Fabulously Fresno S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hippo in a Bathtub S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Howdy Doody Time S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Seven Bolts S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Taking a Bath With Strangers S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Trauma Dogs S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Type: Sport, 2 pitches
FA: Cam & Kathy Donnahoo, Barry Chambers, John Barbella, Leni Reeves
Page Views: 156 total · 7/month
Shared By: Aaron Slaven on Mar 31, 2016
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

A slab climb, yes. But the second pitch is varied with different friction features and interesting options as one travels up a mineral stained groove.
I can only guess this route does not see a lot of traffic. There were many decomposing edges and mungey friction until the 4th bolt on the 2nd pitch. Although the most recent guide book has this at .9+, I would venture to say due to grittiness around the lower crux, its at least .10a or more between the 3rd and 4th bolt. Another crux is presented above around the 8th bolt. However, this one has a lot of good features to work with and the rock is much cleaner high up on the slab.

Location

The large orange mineral stained looking slab above to the left of the Hippo Wall is the "Frantic Manic Area". Although the start of the route in down in the gully to the left of Taking a Bath With Strangers (Labeled Anubis on some topos) on the Hippo Wall. An optional start that will pass the mungey crux is to join in the route at the 4th bolt on the Frantic Manic Ledge (Left of Mineral Magic).

Protection

The first pitch is short and not too much gear is required. The second pitch is almost 60M with 10 bolts.

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