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Baba Fats 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: T. Perkins and M.J. Golau, 2002
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Submitted By: Frances Fierst on Jul 17, 2003

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Linda Chang and Baba Fats


Baba Fats is on the left side of Greg's Cliff. The approach trail will drop you right in front of the route.

A classic route! Although there are rests, the route is deceptively overhanging and strenuous. Follow the black streak in the rock, starting at a small, slabby section. The climbing is primarily face climbing on horizontal holds. The crux is a long, strenuous section in the middle of the route.


6 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.

Photos of Baba Fats Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: JG getting into the crux on Baba Fats.
JG getting into the crux on Baba Fats.
Rock Climbing Photo: Linda Chang contemplating the crux section
Linda Chang contemplating the crux section

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By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Feb 13, 2006

The name 'Baba Fats' is a reference to the Nepalese guru in 'The Perfect High' by none other than children's' author Shel Silverstein (Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Giving Tree). The poem (which is not at all suitable for children) first appeared in Playboy magazine in 1979.
By Dave Pilot
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 25, 2007

Undoubtedly one of the coolest routes anywhere! Do it! BTW, I couldn't help noticing a couple of old pitons on this route. Anyone know the true FA history?
By Matt Battaglia
Aug 30, 2009

One of the best 11a's I've ever done, keeps you smiling all the way to the chains.
By Will Sharp
From: Breck, CO
Jul 18, 2014

Nice route with very interesting movement. WARNING! There is a huge block at the top that is sitting on a sloping ramp that you kind of have to grab that will go on the next big person that grabs it! If you can do the move without grabbing the block, you will be ok, but if you are short, avoid this route!
By Parker Wrozek
From: Denver, CO
Sep 14, 2015
rating: 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a

This is a fun route. At 5'7" it was pretty frustrating though. I felt like I was throwing to basically every move after the second bolt. The top is either a scary dyno or the no hands super balance to a mini dyno.

I would like to try it again though and see if I can link up the moves.
By Japhy Dhungana
From: Boulder, Colorado
Sep 10, 2017
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

At 5'5", I didn't find it to be beyond my reach. Good technique and good sequencing gets you all the way up without any dynamic moves. Don't listen to the comments about it being "height-dependent."
By Julius Grisette
From: Carbondale
Sep 12, 2017

Ripped a big flake off the top a couple years ago. Seems harder upon revisiting. Maybe I am just a wuss....

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