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Routes in Rattlesnake Canyon Crags (including Upper and Lower Alchemist)

Cupcakes & Champagne S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Fun in the Sun S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
King Snake Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Labrador Ate the Cupcakes, The S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Tender Flakes of Mercy T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Ugly Duckling S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Written Exam T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
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Type: Sport, 170 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Patrick Callery & Matthew Fienup (November 2015)
Page Views: 628 total · 20/month
Shared By: Matthew Fienup on Apr 16, 2016
Admins: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Two pitches of interesting and varied climbing. The first pitch boasts a tricky, 5.9 slab crux as well as a bouldery, 5.9 roof move. The second pitch begins with a tricky move off of the belay ledge followed by pleasant arete climbing.


Located 20 feet right of the start of Fun in the Sun, on the inviting slab.




Jeff Mahoney
Santa Barbara, CA
Jeff Mahoney   Santa Barbara, CA
Nice! Glad it's official and we can climb it without fear of snaking the FA ;-) Apr 17, 2016
Patrick Callery  
P1 of Ugly Duckling is the best pitch of climbing on this wall, IMO. Varied movement, multiple cruxes (each well-protected), and much less of the crispy-hold face climbing found on the other nearby routes. Second pitch is also pretty good with a couple tricky moves and then cruiser right up a nice arete. Could climb this as a single pitch, but might get a little draggy up top. Apr 18, 2016
Kevin Littleton  
Super fun. The slab start was awesome and very delicate. Good view on the saddle top out! Jul 5, 2016
Jeanette Clark
Santa Barbara, CA
Jeanette Clark   Santa Barbara, CA
Roof move crux on the first pitch is only well protected if you are at least 5'9. I'm 5'4 and couldn't reach the bolt. Not wanting to do the crux move without clipping that bolt, I ended up taking a variation to the right that skipped the bolt entirely. Jul 1, 2018

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