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Global Gorilla 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 170'
Original:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: P1: Rick Leitner and Kirk Miller Extended by: Mark Rolofson and Rick Leitner 1997
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Submitted By: Peter Franzen on Apr 14, 2001  with updates from Kirk Miller

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  • Description 

    Global Gorilla climbs up a prominent arete on the Upper Animal World cliff. As you are walking from the left side of the cliff to the right, the route lies on the second arete on the wall.

    It starts by climbing up a thin seam in a small dihedral before moving up and right to the arete. This route is absolutely fantastic. Well-bolted on fantastic high-quality rock, every inch is enjoyable. The first [section] (often done alone without continuing on the second and third [sections]) is solid 5.11b and is a great lead. Some tricky sequences and delicate moves up an arete are sure to leave you smiling. The second and third [sections] weigh in at 5.12b/c and 5.12b respectively, and require some powerful moves up an overhanging face. If you're feeling really strong, try linking all 3 [sections] for a burly 160 feet 5.12c! Just make sure you have 2 60m ropes to get down with.


    If the route is done as one pitch, it is 160 ft. long and has 24 bolts with a 2 bolt anchor. It can be done in 3 pitches as well, so only 11 quickdraws are needed. The first pitch is the longest at 75 ft., so it can be done on a 50m rope.

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Global Gorilla.
    Global Gorilla.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Glen at the crux (of p1).
    Glen at the crux (of p1).
    Rock Climbing Photo: Jeremy George finishing up the first pitch crux on...
    Jeremy George finishing up the first pitch crux on...
    Rock Climbing Photo: BJ on the first pitch.
    BJ on the first pitch.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Finishing the second crux. A couple more moderate ...
    Finishing the second crux. A couple more moderate ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Jeremy George on the first pitch of Global Gorilla
    Jeremy George on the first pitch of Global Gorilla
    Rock Climbing Photo: On the second crux. Moving right around the arete ...
    On the second crux. Moving right around the arete ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: At the first crux. It's tenuous making this clip a...
    At the first crux. It's tenuous making this clip a...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Brent Pohlmann crankin' on the first pitch of Glob...
    Brent Pohlmann crankin' on the first pitch of Glob...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Fun, fun, fun...
    Fun, fun, fun...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Pete Franzen climbing Global Gorilla.
    Pete Franzen climbing Global Gorilla.

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    By Ryan Keenan
    Aug 29, 2002

    No need for double 60s to get down. As it is mentioned above, there are three bolt/chain anchors on the way up over a 160' piece of rock. One could do it with a single 50m, and do three raps off. With a single 60m, you can link from the ground to the top, then thread the chains and lower to the cushy second belay ledge (all the while your second is still on the ground). Then you can either belay them up, or just pull your rope and rap (two raps to ground) and give them a go on lead.
    By Lon Black
    Mar 16, 2003

    Only led the first pitch, but the description is right...wonderful pitch with different types of moves all the way up. From the left side of the arete, clip the bolt before committing to the move out onto the arete. A sunny day, good friends and climbing like this are what it's all about.
    By Joe Collins
    May 27, 2004
    rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

    I did the second pitch of this recently and really didn't think it was any part of 12c. I would say 12b, 2 stars. The first pitch, however, is my favorite mid-11 sport pitch in the Canyon, fully 3 stars.
    By Dan Levison
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 27, 2004

    P2 seems a bit contrived -- a lot easier (12b) if you head hard right above the belay - staying left is 12c and you risk falling on top of your belayer. P3 is quality. Seems the vast majority do P1 and rap....
    By Joe Collins
    Jun 1, 2004
    rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

    For the problem of falling on your belayer, it's best to do the first two pitches as one. Expect huge rope drag on the 2nd pitch though. We got around this by TR'ing the first pitch, then launched into the 2nd pitch with the belayer still on the ground.
    By Ivan Rezucha
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Dec 15, 2004

    Clarification: in the photos I just posted, when I say "crux", I'm talking about doing just the first pitch as an 11b climb.
    By ac
    Jun 22, 2005

    I got on the 3rd pitch of this the other day, and I would have to say that it is considerably more difficult than the supposed route crux on the 2nd pitch. However, there is a fairly sizeable scar between the 1st and 2nd bolts which may have once been a fairly crucial hold. The pitch was also unchalked, licheny, and somewhat flakey making me wonder how many ascents its seen. Watch out below if someone is on this pitch: I dislodged a credit card sized flake which nearly hit a party below. Compared to the other pitches at Upper Animal World, I would give this pitch 1 star for the climbing and 3 stars for position. I would rate the three pitches of Global Gorilla 11b, 12a/b, and 12c.
    By Jimmy Farrell
    From: Lexington, KY
    Sep 12, 2007

    Wow! The first pitch alone on this climb is one of the best 11s in the canyon, but linking all 3 pitches into a 160' pitch makes it absolutely amazing. I just wanted to post a current comment that says that the "3rd pitch" seemed completely solid to me. Don't be afraid of loose flakes, I didn't find any. I also have to agree that the "3rd pitch" is the crux of the climb. Even with a great rest before it, the moves feel way harder than the "2nd pitch crux". I realize it's all relative, but I would call it 11b, 12b, 12c. Every "pitch" of this climb is 2-3 stars, but, as a whole, it is unquestionably 3 stars!
    By Paul Hunnicutt
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 2, 2008

    I found the first pitch pretty good but not my favorite at BoCan. 2 stars, maybe 3. Not sure what the fuss is about. Felt 5.11...looking forward to the full send one day though.
    By SteveZ
    From: Denver, CO
    Feb 6, 2013
    rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

    We did the full route as one pitch and were pretty certain an 80m line would get you down from the top (though didn't confirm this). Otherwise lower and re-thread at the top of p2... a 70m will take you down from there.
    By Curt MacNeill
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 9, 2013

    This route has been on my tick list to do in one monster lead for quite sometime. Just sent the entire 160 foot pitch in a single lead. I skipped a boat load of bolts on pitch one and two and used some 4 foot runners in quite a few places and had a nearly perfect rope line with little drag. Pitch 3 is full on. Very tricky. Overall, a great freaking route. Far from the hardest route I have done but definitely one of my prouder sends. For anyone who does it in one lead, I gaurantee it will bring a smile to your face when your clipping chains on this one! Get after it!!!!
    By Dwight Jugornot
    From: Arvada, Co.
    Apr 10, 2014

    An 80m rope came up about 15 ft. short when linking all 3 pitches. It can be done with a little down-climbing. After cleaning all draws and lowering off of the anchor, it was just about long enough. 80m 9.4 rope.
    By Mark Rolofson
    May 1, 2015
    rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

    As first ascentionist of this route (and the first to guidebook it), I find it pretty bizarre to see it described as a 3 pitch climb. We never attempted this route in multi-pitch fashion, only as one long pitch. In fact, if you were to belay atop pitch 1, it would create a point of aid to rest. I can't imagine falling off with your belayer right below you to crash into. I describe each stage as lower (.11b), middle (12c) & upper (.12b/c).
    I established the middle stage in 1996 & originally called it 12b. Later I realized it was much harder (.12c) than other .12b sport climbs in the canyon including ones at this crag. There is no way in hell you can call Kudjo Tranquillizer & Global Gorilla (middle) the same grade.
    Later in 1996, Rick Leitner bolted the upper stage. I added the last bolt on our first attempt. It wasn't until 1997, I redpointed the entire climb.
    You can lower from the climb's top back to the end of the middle (pitch 2) at the shared anchor with Animal Magnetism. Then lower to the ground with a 70 meter rope.
    It also bothers me how some people who submit climbs to the website can't be bothered to give the date or year the climb was established.
    By rick s
    Apr 22, 2016

    Forgot some belay specs at the base of this climb. If anyone picked them up, can you please message me?

    By Aaron Ramras
    Mar 9, 2017
    rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

    When linking the 3 pitches into 1, I only used 3 long (2ft) runners (two on the first pitch and one early on the second. I only skipped the second anchor bolts and clipped the rest of the bolts with regular draws...and I didn't have much rope drag on the finish.

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