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(C) The Imp of Nod 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 370'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: JMw, JFx, Asher Sussman 9/2010
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: JMayhew on Oct 14, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: Pitch 2 is not visible in this picture.


1. Stem the corner and follow the crack to where you can diagonal to another crack breaking the right side of a roof. Follow the corner to its end and belay on the ledge. (5.8 120’)

2. Shift belay to the back wall and climb up 15’ into a short squeeze chimney. Discontinuous cracks wander up to a nice belay ledge with a tree at the base of a short stem box. (This is to the right of a right-leaning orange corner and to the left of a major, steep gully/chimney.) (5.7+ 90’)

3. Stem up onto a beautiful, left-leaning green corner. At the end of the corner keep angling left and up onto a huge ledge. Continue up into a short crack on the final, easy headwall. A little left of the top of the crack you may see the 2-bolt anchor for Dark Pope that you can belay from, otherwise make your own. (5.7+ 160’)

Descent: Walk off back, then down left into gully to base of climb.


Hike around the base of the Western Buttress then up along the east face to a small, flat open area with a grassy crack (Grass Crack 5.6) heading up from the right end of the ledge. The next weakness to the left starts as a short corner into a crack, a small roof, then a final corner. This is the climb.


A good selection of gear is handy.

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Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch
First pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: The Imp of Nod topo
BETA PHOTO: The Imp of Nod topo
Rock Climbing Photo: The first half of the 2nd pitch. It goes mostly st...
BETA PHOTO: The first half of the 2nd pitch. It goes mostly st...
Rock Climbing Photo: Amy on the 3rd pitch.
Amy on the 3rd pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Amy on the first pitch.
Amy on the first pitch.

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By James P. Hunter
Oct 14, 2010

Hey Jeff, Anders told me that this route was a must do and boy was he right. I loved it! The third pitch is just awesome. 3 stars in my book.
By JMayhew
From: Tucson, AZ
Oct 16, 2010

Cool. We had a blast on it, too.
We were psyched to piece together a well-protected line all the way to the top. Just wish that green corner kept going for another 100 feet!
By David Lammers
From: Grand Junction, CO
Mar 31, 2011

After much hiking we found the route, approach beta was not helpful. First pitch was fun. Difficult to find the second half of the second pitch. After the short squeeze chimney at the start of pitch 2 we ended up angling up to the climber's right following the weakness. Belayed off a tree. I still am not sure where the route is supposed to go (there are a lot of orange and green cracks). I then made up a line to the summit of great (approx 5.9) trad which mostly protected well. If you get off route it is ok.
By JMayhew
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 31, 2011

Hey David-- Tried to PM you. It sounds like you may have been right on the route. I added a better picture of the route-- you can't really see much of pitch 2.
I spent many hours on those fire-scarred, rain-washed slopes. I'm guessing you didn't catch the very start right from the switchback--I missed it several times myself in the beginning. I didn't want to build a huge cairn there, but if you spend a little time making sure you catch the start, which drops down a bit from that switchback, the rest of the way should fall into place. Let me know if you remember where you got off and maybe I can make it clearer.
Hope you had a good adventure anyway.
By Amy W
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 23, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

We had a BLAST on this route today! Nice rock, cool features, varied climbing and just an all-around spectacular area. It's hard to believe a climb like this exists within only a 20 minute hike from the highway!
By Kyle O
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 25, 2014

Stellar sidecountry climbing! The trail could really use some pruning though Jeff. ;)
By Justin Headley
From: Tucson
Jun 5, 2017

I'd love to get this approach and the climb itself cleaned up. It's fun, surprisingly sustained, has a great view, and it deserves more traffic. The approach isn't that bad as long as you get on the right trail. The walk-off back to the base is pretty bad, though. If I were doing it again, I'd park at the Green Mountain trailhead, rack up at the car, walk to the base, climb, top out, and then go straight back to the car from the summit.
By Justin Headley
From: Tucson
6 days ago

I did actually go back and clean up the route a bit. I trimmed back some branches and vegetation that interfered with P1, made the path from the top of P1 to the start of P2 better, and brushed off a lot of lichen and loose rocks from P3. I'll probably work on it a little more in the next month or two, as it cools down. I definitely recommend this route for someone looking for a fun mid-mountain trad adventure. It's better than the Standard Route of Rappel Rock IMO.

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