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Routes in Notchtop

Direct South Ridge T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Finding Religion on the Spiral T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Instant Clarification (AKA Rap Route) T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Laid Back (a.k.a. NE Ridge) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mornin' T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Optimismus T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Relief Train T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Religion T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Spiral Route T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Topnotch T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
White Room T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c X
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Type: Trad, Alpine, 80 ft
FA: unknown
Page Views: 150 total, 17/month
Shared By: Ryan Marsters on Feb 28, 2017
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Relief Train is an obvious dihedral with a small roof located right of the Spiral Route topout above the east meadows. The route lines up with the Notch saddle.

Work your way up the chimney and dihedral until the roof. Step left, and enjoy some slightly runout face climbing to kitty litter, slab topout.

DESCENT: first, hit the summit of Notchtop via the West face (low 5th). You might want a rope to get back to the route topout.

I've never taken the rappels, so see elsewhere. To scramble off (5.0), scramble right/North and up, staying slightly on the left side of the ridge. From the ridge highpoint, scramble ledges on the left/west side, losing elevation just below the crest. Don't be tempted to head down too early via sketchy chimneys to cliffs and old rap stations. Stick with the ledge, and the difficulty shouldn't exceed 5.0 until hitting the big gully. Descend the big gully via path of least resistance at 2nd-3rd Class back to the start of the Spiral Route.


Follow the first few ledge-y pitches of the Spiral Route until the obvious, grassy traverse from the south side to the East Meadow. These initial pitches are supposedly 5.4. old school? Having done them a few times, I haven't figured out how to keep it below 5.6.

In the East Meadow, scramble or rope up for a hundred feet or so of grass and block scrambling to the base of the wall.

Spiral Route is on the left wall, Relief Train front and center, and Mornin' in a crack/right facing dihedral that switches to a left-facing dihedral to the right. A buddy reports the far right chimney as choss 5.6 with interesting top out options.


A single rack.


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