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Crimp Chimp 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Luke Laeser and Casey something
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Submitted By: Matthew NM on Jul 2, 2007

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Kendo nears the end of the STEEP STUFF! on Crimp ...


Fairly steep bouldery/fingery climbing up the farthest route right on the right side of the 45deg boulder. Fun.


5 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor

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Rock Climbing Photo: fun, short, bouldery, vury steep and whole bunches...
fun, short, bouldery, vury steep and whole bunches...
Rock Climbing Photo: Some good holds after  the cruxy crimps on Crimp C...
Some good holds after the cruxy crimps on Crimp C...

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By Laeserguns Laeser
Jan 30, 2008

I bolted this one with a guy who was working at the santa fe rock gym. Casey something... anyway. Peter wasn't around for that one. One of my favorites at the dungeon. I think the second route.
By Dave Wachter
Apr 26, 2009

Excellent route. Particularly challenging in early afternoon (at least during spring) when you pull onto the upper section and the sun hits you right in the eyes.
By George Perkins
From: The Dungeon, NM
Jul 13, 2012
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Stickclip bolt 2 if 12a is hard for you, especially if you don't have the beta dialed. The technical crux (just before bolt 2) appears to be somewhat height/reach-dependent, and the 2nd clip can be dicey sometimes. Angle right after clipping the 3rd bolt to stay on Crimp Chimp, which starts what is generally the redpoint crux. Although most find it a bit more difficult than the other popular 12-'s, Against Nature and Moat Jump, strong people who regularly climb steep stuff may find Crimp Chimp to be easier, as there are a lot of options for feet, and it's a bit more straightforward to read than those climbs.

Oh, and don't be deterred by the name: it's not as heinously crimpy as suggested.

An alternate, slightly harder (5.12b) finish to this climb angles left from bolt 3 past an independent bolt to the Tendon Bendin' anchors. It's worthy if you're bored of the same old Crimp Chimp, but is not as good as the normal finish. It has a big move where the climb diverges from Crimp Chimp. Also, using the same-link-up bolt, one can also cross from Tendon Bender into the end of Crimp Chimp ("Moonboot Mission", 12c, which I haven't tried); that seems a less logical line and would climb through some choss after the lip but adds a couple more hard moves to Tendon Bender.
By DGraham
From: Dallas
May 5, 2014
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

a whole lot of fun with one crux move, maybe 2. Most of the holds are almost jugs, IDK why it's called crimp chimp but it's a cool name. It may not be an uber classic but I give 4 stars because of how fun it is.
By jesse punsal
May 7, 2014

Daniel Woods onsighted this route at 13 years old. Pretty cool!
By Owen Summerscales
From: Los Alamos, NM
May 8, 2014

yeah I guess he climbed a bunch at ponderosa and the temple BITD with cody roth and jon cardwell. TMBJ was his first v10 apparently.
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
May 9, 2014
rating: 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a

david Graham wrote:
...IDK why it's called crimp chimp but it's a cool name.

Probably because the first half of the route is all crimps.

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