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Fun Ramp 

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

Type:  Trad, 6 pitches, 600', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Layton Kor and Kyle Copeland 1988
Season: spring or Fall
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Submitted By: David Mealey on Jan 20, 2009

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Belaying from the top of the flake looking up the ...

RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek MORE INFO >>>


The route climbs the obvious right to left facing ramp. Start left of the ramp and climb through the slabs past a drilled pin(20')to ledges that lead back to the right and the base of the ramp.
Follow the ramp to a squeeze around a giant flake(the crux) to the summit. The final move over the lip is very awkward and is easily overcome by pulling on a cam

This is an exciting route with some good exposure and a lot of moderate climbing peppered with some fun moments of groveling. Definitely lives up to it's name


Fun Ramp is located between mile 1 and 2 across the river from the goose island campground. Approach from the boat dock area on the north side(arches side)of the river bridge near Moab. Hike up river for a bit over a mile to the base of the route. This route is actually in Arches National park I believe.


one set from #.5 to #2 and doubles from #2.5 to #5 You may want a blue big bro for the flake.
The only anchors are at the bottom of the flake pitch.
Walk off heading down river keeping close to the canyon rim. Make your way down some easy slabs then head away from the river for a couple hundred yards. At some point there is a break in the small cliff band that lets you down to the lower level. Follow this down to the river and back to your car.
It is best to take only what you are using on the route to the base so you don't have to go after your pack and shoes later.

Photos of Fun Ramp Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The descent.  This is after the cliff band/canyon....
The descent. This is after the cliff band/canyon....
Rock Climbing Photo: Made it to the top!
Made it to the top!
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the top.
Looking down from the top.
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading up the final pitch.
Heading up the final pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sawyer belaying from the flake.
Sawyer belaying from the flake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking left of the hanging belay.  We noticed a p...
Looking left of the hanging belay. We noticed a p...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sawyer squeezing through the a section on the seco...
Sawyer squeezing through the a section on the seco...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up from the top of the first pitch (I assu...
Looking up from the top of the first pitch (I assu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sawyer starting the first pitch.
Sawyer starting the first pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun Ramp

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By G8rFtBall Dodek
Apr 23, 2013

We are looking to climb this later this week. Is there any more beta than this? The climb sounds fairly easy from the description. We are two off the couch climbers here, easily capable of 5.10 to 5.11 desert trad in our past. We are just wanting to see if we are going to get bitch-slapped or if this is as "Fun" as it sounds. Thanks!
By Jason Lantz
Apr 24, 2013

This was the post on Friends of Indian Creek facebook....

They're here:
Indian Creek Seasonal Climbing Closures
The following areas are closed to climbing from April 1 - August 31 to protect nesting raptors and their young.
Cat Wall, Slug Wall, Reservoir Wall, Public Service, The Wall
and 75 Cairns. (And in Moab, please remember the Fun Ramp and surrounding routes are also close 3/1-9/1.)
Thank you for your help protecting our natural resources.
By G8rFtBall Dodek
Apr 25, 2013

Thanks, didn't even think about that. Will look elsewhere.
By Jay Bach
From: Denver, CO
Nov 30, 2014

Tried this yesterday and backed off below the flake. It's a squeeze chimney if you're really thin, but for me it would have been a mean off width. I'm not a huge guy, but I was stuck with a couple inches of my chest and part of my hips in the crack. Neither my partner nor I wanted to lead those 15 + feet and risk falling on the single bolt next to the anchor. Next time I try the route I'l bring a # 6 C4, one or two green Big Bros, and maybe a blue as well.

The trail to the route is pretty ambiguous, but it's hard to screw up too bad. The route gets good sun all day which was welcome on this late fall day, and even is you bail (like we did) the views are stellar.
Jan 18, 2017
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

What a great route! 5.9+ for sure. Not moving too fast we made it to the top in 5 hours. At the top of the first pitch there is a long traverse. At the drilled angle (I think that is what it was), we belayed there and did a scary down-climb to the another ramp. From there it was pretty straight forward up to the flake. At the squeeze chimney we saw a piton left of the belay about 20 feet and down a small ramp. Not having any big bros we decided to try heading down the ramp. We clipped the bolt up and left of the hanging belay and down-climbed. After getting to the piton, Sawyer saw more bolts up the left side of the flake. We went up and skipped the squeeze. It seemed like old-school 5.9+. After that, we went to the top in 2 long pitches. Fun route, hence the name, beautiful views with a amazing top. The descent took about an hour at a lesiurely pace. FUN RAMP!

Side note - not for your average 5.9+ climber.

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