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Horned Behavior 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Sport
Original:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: Brady Libby 2001
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Mar 31, 2008

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This is a quality, full value 5.12b (hard) that is often considered one of the best routes at the grade at Rumney. Be prepared to work hard right up to the heart breaker crux before the chains. Enjoy.

Start just right of The Premium with your hands on a well chalked Ledge sort of thing. Throw a heel up and pull in to a lay back so you can stand on the small ledge. Work up the face above stemming then moving out right to a distant hold and a good slab rest. Continue up good holds and even a hand jam to the horn above and a really nice welcome rest sitting on the horn or standing on the ledge. Above is a nice steep face with a crux looming at the top. Climb a mix of crimps and good holds to gain the crux just below the lip that marks the top. a powerful move up and left to a bad-ish hold and one final move to a jug. From here a funky but not too hard move gets you to the anchor. Careful of a very loose hold out left, i used it but warned my belayer to stay out of the way in case it blew off the wall.


the first route to the right of the corner (The Premium) on the right side of the cliff.


9 bolts to quick clips.
I found it helpful to use a long draw (preplaced) on the last bolt so i could clip it from the final jug before the crux, i skipped the 8th bolt. I went with that because on one attempt my foot got caught on the 8th draw while falling from the crux. This ended with a 10-15 foot upside down fall.

Photos of Horned Behavior Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Frank getting horny.
Frank getting horny.
Rock Climbing Photo: Alexandre Rivest just starting Horned Behavior.
Alexandre Rivest just starting Horned Behavior.
Rock Climbing Photo: So many different cool moves on this one!
BETA PHOTO: So many different cool moves on this one!
Rock Climbing Photo: Frank from Dutchland on horned behavior.
Frank from Dutchland on horned behavior.

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Apr 19, 2011

This route felt really hard for me, more like 5.12c... if you are good at endurance i'm sure it could be spot on for you but that stuff is tough for me... Also if you are short there are a few really reachy moves us tall folks dont have to worry about...

By S. Neoh
Apr 19, 2011

Yeah, Lee,I have heard from more than one person who has been on this route that it is stout for the 12b grade. I've never been on it myself and likely won't in the near future.
By Zane Dordai
Aug 5, 2013
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

This climb is 12c (felt almost as hard as aquarius both with good beta) if we are keeping in line with traditional Rumney grades. I left my draws on this and hurt my shoulder. I've left the area and won't be back until the end of September or so. If I'm not back by then, Tom (armstrong) generously offered to clean them off.

Until then, all but the first draw and the first draw above the break are hung (first needs to be stick clipped and the one after the break is easy to hang/clean). I also cleaned all the holds, especially up top. So all this being said...jump on it! It's one of the best routes in Rumney that I have been on.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Aug 5, 2013
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Are you particularly short? It shouldn't feel that hard, though it is the typical Rumney beta intensive funkiness. There are a couple moves that I can barely reach at 5.8 near the beginning, so I could see how if you are shorter it would feel harder. There is a hold right at the top that is hard to see that ends many people's on-site too.
By Zane Dordai
Aug 8, 2013
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Some vague beta in here:In my opinion Mark, the first section is very pumpy but probably factors mostly out of the overall grade due to the sit down. I do agree, there are some very reachy moves in there that would make it quite a good deal harder if you were shorter. The continuous nature of the upper section with the tough last clip and huge move to the sidepull meatwrap thing seemed really low percentage to me. I had to hit the hold just right with my palm and I missed it quite a few times up there. I'm probably just bad at rock climbing, but low percentage moves when youre pumped are hard! That was really what made the climb feel harder than the grade to me. I am 5'11 but with some sort of minus ape. I've got no trouble reaching anything, more just getting to it...
By Mike Mastanduno
Aug 14, 2013

Sorry to hear about your shoulder, thanks for the update on the draws. I agree with you that this line feels frustratingly hard for 12b. The climbing is tricky but not crazy hard on the whole route. That last move is a killer though. I think I've fallen from that spot 3 or 4 times now after doing the rest easily. A bit like Eyeless in Gaza... Hoping to get back to send soon!
By Zane Dordai
Aug 22, 2013
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

good to hear you're trying it mike! good luck man! I think its all about getting to that last move with a little juice...I also found hitting the hold in a worse position and then bumping to the meat wrap worked better for me. I've got a week off in october and i'm fairly certain i'll be back up in Rumney then. For now...the draws are up until mid October or until some sorry bastard comes along and takes em. Keep in mind you'll need 2 more plus anchors (or just stick clip the second, might be good to get the first one in for directional.)

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