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Belly Roll 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Doug Kerr and Norton Smithe, 1955
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Submitted By: Chuck Parks on Feb 5, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: start of P2 of Belly Roll and Roddey. Climb face p...


You haven't really climbed it unless you've gotten inside the chimney and done the "belly roll"!

P1: Climb the wide crack until it leans leftward and opens into a squeeze chimney. Dive in there and worm your way upward (your belayer will die laughing; make sure they don't have a camera) to easier ground. Continue up past a corner, and belay on the ledge. (5.4, 70ft.)

P2: Go up the short, right-facing corner, then up past a crack to the top. (5.2, 50ft.)

Descend via rappel, Radcliffe, or the Uberfall Descent.


A short walk past the Überfall, between the popular climbs Dennis and Jackie. Look for a body-width crack that leans to the left.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Dan, after having scraped his way through the &quo...
Dan, after having scraped his way through the &quo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Doing the belly roll on my back!  Can you believe ...
Doing the belly roll on my back! Can you believe ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Top
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the many old pitons
One of the many old pitons
Rock Climbing Photo: Mitch leading P2 of Belly Roll.  Happy, fun, juggy...
Mitch leading P2 of Belly Roll. Happy, fun, juggy...
Rock Climbing Photo: At the end of the 1st pitch, we traversed over to ...
At the end of the 1st pitch, we traversed over to ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Start of p1. The left leaning wide crack is the in...
BETA PHOTO: Start of p1. The left leaning wide crack is the in...

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By gblauer Blauer
From: Wayne, PA
Apr 18, 2009

I climb all the way into the belly roll onto my belly, then somehow, I manage to turn around onto my back and I exit the OW. This is a fun climb that has a second crux at the 1/2 way mark (great hands, no feet). Second pitch is just as fun.
By Jason Antin
From: Golden, CO
Aug 10, 2009
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

3 Stars in the Grey Dick ~ You've got to be kidding me!
By Greg Sudlow
From: PA
May 14, 2010
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

While the short (and not so great) first pitch has the "Bell Roll" move, its the easy but exposed second pitch that gives this climb its star power. Enjoy the fun jug haul to the top but make sure to back up those old pins!
By Doctor Hemlock
May 23, 2010

Offwidths are definitely not my favorite, but good experience anyway. Be sure not to carry too much crap on your harness through the offwidth - you will find yourself using more energy than needed to squeeze through it. Find your feet inside the offwidth - good experience for the newer climber. Second pitch starts off with a challenging slightly overhanging left-facing corner and not great feet. Good challenge for new leaders.
By Larry S
From: Easton, Pennsylvania
Oct 26, 2010

This climb is way more fun from the ground. That was the most awkward lead experience I've ever had. But I would really like to make/watch some of my friends go up it.
By Steve0
Sep 19, 2011

Fun climbing, the P1 "Belly Roll" was an interesting experience, much like the grey dick says, you haven't climbed the Belly Roll unless you've gotten into the off-width on P1.
By Ian Dibbs
Apr 19, 2012

Opening "Belly Roll" move is much easier if you try to squeeze deeply into "it" instead of slithering half in half out over the top. Second pitch is short and not technicaly demanding(few 5.5 moves)but lots of fun for beginner/intermediate climbers.
By kenr
Jun 13, 2012

Fun climb -- except for the (short) belly roll section.
(maybe I didn't get far enough inside it? - perhaps I'll try that next time). P2 is one of the better 5.2-5.3 pitches in the Gunks.

Sharon hates "the roll" even more than I do, so I've suggested that she just bring prusiks and "aid" her way up that short section, so she can enjoy the remainder. One time she avoided "the roll" by actually traversing way left and climbing the friction ramp on the Dennis route -- but I have a feeling she was pretty unprotected for a bad "swing" if she had fallen on that.
By gblauer Blauer
From: Wayne, PA
Jun 9, 2014

Yesterday I did the belly roll on my back. I stuck my left leg inside and shimmied my whole body in the offwidth...I grabbed the rail in front of my face and pulled right through. It was the easiest way to do it.

Is it just me or is the move off the ledge up the flake harder than a 5.4? I swear, I have yet to find the 5.4 move. Granted, I am a shorty, but, really...should I have to work so hard on a 5.4? I lead Double Clutch (5.9) later in the day and I found that move so much easier and less scary.

The second pitch is oodles of fun, even though it's short it's well worth doing. Rap off the Jackie tree to the GT ledge, rap again to the ground.
By Nick Hamilton
From: Philadelphia
Sep 24, 2014

The second pitch is a joyful romp, but come on Dick Williams, 3 stars?? Absurdity.
By Jon Po
From: Mahwah, NJ
Nov 1, 2015
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

This is the first climb I ever onsighted and it was quite scary at the time.. I'm still not a fan of the "belly scum crack"
By LB Edwards
From: Brooklyn, NY
Jul 5, 2017
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

Have yet to climb more than Belly Roll for multi pitch here, but I've taken two trips up this route. The first time was fun. The second time, even more so. I just enjoy the torture of it, I guess.

Felt safe the entire way up. There are the three cruxes moving up that might be more suited for taller climbers, but our two short companions had no problems with moving up them.

Great climb. I may be inexperienced to the gunks, but so far this is a great climb.


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