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Climb and Punishment 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Charlie Fowler? Duncan Ferguson?
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Submitted By: Ben F on Sep 23, 2001

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It seems like most climbing areas have a climb with this name. This is the left most crack system in the alcove located in the Reynolds Hill formation. Though my seconds may disagree, there was nothing punishing about this climb.

The start is a bit awkward - place and keep moving, but once you get through it, the rest of the route is pure enjoyment. C and P merges toward the top with Penis Dimension (a nice climb to the right) and shares the same anchors. Call it about 75 or 80 feet.


Standard rack. You don't need anything smaller or larger than a #1.5 and #4 Friend, respectively. Bring doubles in the hand-sized range and don't forget your stoppers. There is a fixed anchor at the top from which you can rappel with one rope.

Photos of Climb and Punishment Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Warm in the alcove on a windy day.
Warm in the alcove on a windy day.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber on Climb and Punishment.
BETA PHOTO: Unknown climber on Climb and Punishment.
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting to cruise right after the crux.
Starting to cruise right after the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Finishing the initial overhanging crux section.
Finishing the initial overhanging crux section.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tony Bubb leads "Climb and Punishment (5.9)&q...
Tony Bubb leads "Climb and Punishment (5.9)&q...
Rock Climbing Photo: Silent Bob following Climb and Punishment 5.9, at ...
Silent Bob following Climb and Punishment 5.9, at ...

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By Joe Collins
Aug 26, 2002

Super fun, but very sustained. My partner had A LOT more trouble with this one than the 10a part of Friday the 13th.
By nolteboy
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 3, 2005

Classic. It's easy to look at this and say, "ah, #2's!", but don't forget a couple #3 Camalot-sized pieces for the upper half of the pitch.
By Eric Goltz
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 12, 2006

Perfect, bomber hand jams can be had the whole way up if you look for them. This pitch is more difficult than it looks.
By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Oct 25, 2006

Sustained. Hexes are useful, since all of the jams are so slotter. Penis Dimension is easily toproped after leading this.
By Brian Story
Dec 10, 2006
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

This is a great route. Harder than it looks. Sinker jams the whole way. Gear list is perfect. Watch the rope when lowering off - a 60m makes it with little room to spare.
By FCJohn
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jul 6, 2007

Super classic.

With the exception of the first 10 feet which are a bit awkward, sinker jams the whole way.
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Jul 30, 2007

I am glad I didn't listen to Ben's advice on the gear. The suggestion of a double set of cams for this climb is a bit of a sandbag! I would probably take the following gear the next time I climb this one.

1X -> #1, 2 #1's, 4-6 #2's, 2 #3's, 1 #3.5, a few large nuts
By slim
Jul 30, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Guy, you're not serious are you? My wife lead it with a double set and was pretty comfortable. She doesn't really run stuff out either. Did you miss some placements for smaller gear? Four to six #2's? I'm not quite sure if you could find enough room in the crack to fit so many!
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Jul 30, 2007

Slim, the climb stays at the #2 size for about 50ft. I wouldn't call 4-6 cams in that size to be excessive. I am sure you could search around for smaller gear, if you had to. I would think the average climber would be wanting more than 2 #2's on this climb, assuming that you didn't carry hex's.
By JacobD
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 7, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

There are birds living in this crack.
By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Sep 7, 2007

It may give you 50 feet of perfect hand jams, but the crack tapers down to smaller than that a LOT. So you could get away with a double set if you didn't feel like placing gear in your jams, or preferred to go deeper with your placements.

Also, if you find yourself bouted by the start, head over towards the Plumbline Crag and fire off the boulder problem "Unnamed Crack 2". It's basically the same moves, but you don't have to fiddle with gear.
By NickinCO
From: colorado
Jun 3, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Felt way harder than the first pitch of Pooh Corner. Leader only used 2 #2s also and had gear placements every body length.
By Princess Mia
From: Vail
Jun 4, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Very awkward start and then pretty big and rattly hands for me...but hey I prefer BD #1.
By JMo
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 10, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Birds still there 5 years later. Actually made me think of the Hitchcock movie; they went nuts so loud and at such a high pitch that the cam I had in my hand resonated like a tuning fork. Weird. Stellar climb.
By Michael Mahoney
From: Gillette, WY
Oct 24, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I'd like the climb better if the top wasn't painted white with bird crap at the top. It's impossible to avoid. Caught myself wiping my hands across my mouth a couple times after the climb...yuck. I believe the flared hands of the backward leaning crack at the beginning to be a solid 10a and rate the climb accordingly. 3 star route that would be 4 minus the bird dung.
By Stephen Burns
From: Coloardo
Nov 11, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Bird poop can be avoided easily with creative stemming, and they make some very fun noises at you. Fun climb, awkward start.
By honeyjacket
May 17, 2015

Purty rap station at the top of this guy now, thanks to the Stebbinator.
By Jake Dickerson
From: Lander, WY
Sep 7, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Would be 4 stars if there wasn't all that bird poo :/ Sick hand crack though!
By Katie Foster
From: Laramie, Wy
Oct 19, 2015

One of my favorite routes. I have led it 3 times now and never needed more than 2 #2s and 1 #3. There is so much variability throughout the entire climb that you can make do with pretty much any rack.
By Jeb Schenck
Apr 19, 2017

FA was either by Charlie Fowler or Duncan Ferguson.

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