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

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Patrick Vernon on Jan 1, 2001

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This was my brother's and my first introduction to offwidth climbing.

The first pitch begins right of Orange Julius with a 5.8 hand and fist crack in a dihedral in a chimney. Bring several #3 and #2 Camalots for this section and the crux. Belay 50 feet up when the 5.8 section ends.

The second pitch climbs a wide flared 5.7 crack that peters out on 5.9 terrain into a face. Reach a good hold on the face, and traverse right on slightly runout 5.8 face climbing. The 5.8 traverse on this pitch is the same as the 5.8 traverse on the third pitch of Orange Julius, although it is better protected due to the crack below it. Squeeze up an easy chimney and jam a 5.7 crack to a belay alcove (same belay as on Orange Julius).

From here, you can see a 100 foot vertical offwidth to the right; this is the third pitch. Downclimb (easier than you think) to the base of the offwidth, clip a large pin and start climbing. The offwidth starts out in the #2 to #3 Camalot range. The first 40 feet look hard but are only 5.8 due a good crack in the side of the offwidth that can be used as a layback. Get to a stance where you can place some TCUs. Above this, the crack widens to #5 Camalot size. 30 feet above this stance is the crux. Slide the #5 up as you go, the crux ends when a good crack can be found on the right that you can place pro in. Here the crack stays wide, but is lower angle and easy to the top, it also has good small-cam protection on the side. This is a good offwidth primer.


Rossiter's guidebook says bring a couple of #3 and #4 cams for this route. I have to wonder if Rossiter has ever done this route. The crux absolutely requires a #5 Camalot; #4s will not fit.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Luke cruising the P1 jams.
Luke cruising the P1 jams.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Luke on P3.
Luke on P3.
Rock Climbing Photo: Midway up the crux section on P3. The slab in the ...
Midway up the crux section on P3. The slab in the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the end of the crack on P2.
Nearing the end of the crack on P2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Armin Gooden on P3 using some of the many non-OW h...
Armin Gooden on P3 using some of the many non-OW h...
Rock Climbing Photo: Armin Gooden on P2 at the psychological crux.  It'...
Armin Gooden on P2 at the psychological crux. It'...
Rock Climbing Photo: Armin Gooden on P1.
Armin Gooden on P1.
Rock Climbing Photo: Thad on P3 OW.
Thad on P3 OW.

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By Joe Keyser
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 12, 2002

Nice addition! I was reading your description as I will be up here soon... Curious, is a 4.5 cam adequate for the crux, or do you have to have the 5 with you?
By Patrick Vernon
From: Estes Park, CO
Apr 14, 2002

It's been a while but I seem to remember a number five being essential. My brother might remember.

By Joe Keyser
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 15, 2002

Thanks for the info Pat! I'll let you know what I find...can't wait to get up there again!!!
By Charles Vernon
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 15, 2002

Joe, the first time I went up to do this route I was armed with a #4 Camalot per Rossiter (I think he might even say #4 Friend!). The lobes were barely touching and that was after finding the narrowest spot in the upper crack. A 4.5 would be adequate but not great, a 5 would be perfect (although you will still probably want to slide it up with you). There is also a small RP placement behind a loose flake. After the crux, a good crack inside the offwidth takes excellent pro (and your hands). The whole climb is excellent. In all seriousness, from the bottom of P3 it might be worth doing the 50 foot hand traverse on Orange Julius and then coming back to the belay!
By Joe Keyser
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 16, 2002

Thanks Charles, just talked to Darin Lang, and he said he might let us borrow his #5... I have a 2 bigbro, but, [I'm] not totally [proficient] at placing those yet! Anyway this route is [definitely] on my 'soon' list as I am just getting back in the swing from an, thanks for the info! BTW - Darin said you guys had a blast in IC, rock on!
By Crusty
May 5, 2002

Bring the #5 Camalot unless you're from Colorado Springs and well over 40 years old (in that case a #2 will be adequate). Had the #4.5 on my last ascent and it was pretty tipped out and not inspiring a lot of confidence.
By jason seaver
From: Estes Park, CO
May 6, 2002

How about if you've just turned 30, live a few hours north of Colorado Springs, and have a rather small set of cahones; do you think a #4 would suffice?
By Anonymous Coward
Jul 13, 2003

The #5 was very nice to have after I placed the 4.5, although I did end up sliding it up with me for about 30 feet.
By Thad
Oct 11, 2003

As Patrick suggested, I would bring 2 #2 Camalots and 2 #3 Camalots for the first pitch. My partner managed to leap-frog gear, but I wouldn't want to wish such a lead on anybody. I was fairly psyched to get a good orange TCU at the top of the crack on pitch 2 before the traverse. Walking the #5 is the way to go for pitch 3...unless you are soloing.
By Danny Inman
From: Arvada
Jun 5, 2006

This is a great climb. I did the first two pitches as one (i.e., the fist crack and the 5.8 traverse) and belayed from a good stance at the base of the wide flare at the end of the traverse. This worked out very well. The OW is super fun and well protected with a #5 (as suggested) and supplemental TCUs on the right side.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jun 14, 2006

As S. Kimball wrote, "a route with a little bit of everything." For P1, perhaps some larger hexes (a.k.a. gull whackers to Brits) in addition to double #2 & #3 Camalots (since it stays fairly wide) might be useful. P2 is a blast! For P3, there are few mandatory OW moves since you can face climb, lieback, jam, stem, and even use face holds inside the crack. There are great rests on P3. P4 60m cruise to the top. Great route!
By Luke Clarke
From: Golden
Jul 23, 2006

This is a climb worth repeating. Great jams. Delicate face moves and finally some off-widthing on P3. Not for someone looking to break into 5.9 but it is to be recommended for someone looking for moderate off-width climbing, as the section requiring true OW form is short. I carried an old style 4.5 Camalot and a new, C3 #5 Camalot. Slid the 4.5 as far as comfortable. Then slid the #5 up the widening crack as far as I could without going to umbrella mode but I was about a body length above it while pulling the crux moves, and 15 feet or more out at the next good rest.
By Willow Toso
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 9, 2007

My partner was well protected walking a BD C4 #6 cam through the crux. When the angle lessens the crack is wider than #6, but he got nuts and small cams in. Fun route.
By tooTALLtim
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 1, 2008

Bring the #6.
By kevin fox
From: parker
Jul 12, 2008

I second that...if you own a #6 camalot or a #6 wild country bring it. the number five tipped out as i got a green alien in a small fissure. I walked the cam as far as i could. with a 70 meter rope you can make this into 2 pitches.
By pfwein
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 9, 2009

Used #5 Camalot (old style) then #1 RP on right wall (not totally bomber but seemed worth placing) above that before placing the good gear that comes after the OW crux on P3; nice juxtaposition of gear sizes. I wore shorts-don't do that!
By J1.
From: Boulder, Colorado
Oct 17, 2011

Great Route. Bring the #6 if you don't want to run out the crux off-width. I pushed a #5 Camalot as far as it would go and you still have about 10-15 feet of OW before you can get some small to finger size gear in (and that seemed like the hardest part). Felt pretty commiting without a #6.
By Yonkonian Yonkers
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 20, 2013

Superb. Top to bottom one of the most splitter routes at Lumpy. Reminiscient of Vedawoo. Didn't use my #5 at all on the ow pitch. A #4 and hand-sized pieces sufficed for the first half. A #6 is mandatory unless you like running out offwidths. Felt insecure compaired to most of the ow climbing I've done. Kept trying to spit me out through the crux.
By claytown
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 30, 2015

It's possible to get to the top of the P2 ledge from the ground with a single 60m rope. The P2 anchor takes finger-sized gear and nuts. We had doubles to #3, a #4, and a #6. I think a second #4 would have been nice for the first pitch, but you can run it out instead.
By dannyn
From: Longmont
Sep 6, 2015

Great route, physical as you would expect due to all pitches having fist to offwidth sections. One of my favorites at Lumpy.
Regarding the 3rd pitch, walking #5 Camalot up 30+ feet feels a little scary.
By Mike Slavens
From: Houston, TX
Jun 6, 2016

My buddy led this, and I just followed, but consensus was bring the #6. In fact bring two #6s if 5.9 offwidth is pushing your limits. That way you can leave the #5 lower where it's still in decent cam'ing range but also have a backup in case the #6 gets a little squirrelly when trying to walk it up.
By Spencer V
From: Golden, CO
Jun 27, 2016

Glad I read the comments before getting on this. I would have been in deep shit without a #6. I bumped it up for most of the OW pitch. I stayed closer to the lip of the crack, but if you really go in there a few feet, you could probably bump a #5.
By HughC
Aug 25, 2016

So I am curious as to how the second pitch does not warrant a PG-13 or R rating. Although fairly typical for Lumpy, I thought the 20-25 ft runout on technical terrain was way spicy and would result in a huge whip if one blows it. Any thoughts why this isn't mentioned nor rated as such to warn folks (I haven't checked Gillett's book yet).
By Tao Techakanon
From: Bangkok, Thailand
Sep 8, 2016
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Climbed this last year with a nice local gentleman named Danny who led all the pitches. It was my first time in Lumpy, and I flailed badly.

Regardless it was a great day. Thank you, Danny.

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