REI Community
Main Cliff
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
A Guide to Ragged (1964) T,TR 
Aid Crack T 
Ancient Way T 
Angle of the Dangle TR 
Animal Crack T 
Ashtray TR 
Bald Face Hornet T,TR 
Birdman TR 
Black Orchid TR 
Bombay T 
Bombay Direct T,TR 
Broadway T 
Bushy Groove T 
Cage, The T,TR 
Carey Corner T 
Caroline TR 
Cemetary Vault T 
Chopper flakes T 
Crag Rat TR 
Crisis T 
Cutting Edge T,TR 
Cygnus X-1 TR 
Deception T 
Double Crux T 
Double Vision TR 
Duck Soup TR 
Easy Rider TR 
End Run T 
Eternity TR 
Faceout T 
Fall Of The House Of Monticello, The TR 
For Madmen Only T,TR 
Golden Age TR 
Green Gutter T 
Hangnail T,TR 
Hangover TR 
Hemlock Groove T 
Hot Rocks T,TR 
Hurricane Gloria T,TR 
Jam Corner T,TR 
Juniper Wall T 
Knight's Gambit T 
Knight's Move T 
Kor Crack T 
Lavaredo Corner T,TR 
Left Edge T 
Leftover T 
Main Street T 
Marlinspike T 
May's Way T 
NCS Route T 
Netherlands TR 
North by North West T 
North End T 
Nux Vomica TR 
Obsession T,TR 
Out Of Orbit T 
Owl Perch T 
Poison and Passion TR 
Pork Barrel Project T,TR 
Ragged Edge TR 
Right Edge T,TR 
Sandbag TR 
Side Entry T 
Sisu T 
Skull and Bones T,TR 
Subline T 
Sunday Bulge T 
Swan Song TR 
Sweat Slot T,TR 
Terminal Velocity T,TR 
Tower Crack T 
Trojan Horse T 
Un Petit Peu TR 
Unconquerable Crack T 
Vajolet Corner T,TR 
Vanishing Point T,TR 
Vector T 
Visions TR 
Visitor's Reception Center TR 
War Eagle T 
Wet Wall T 
Wetwall Wetlock Variation T 
Wiessner Crack T 
Wiessner Slab T 
Wishbone T 
YMC Route T 
Unsorted Routes:

May's Way 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Harold May
Page Views: 1,772
Submitted By: John Peterson on Mar 11, 2006

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (22)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
P1 is great for kids


This is the easiest route up the face of Ragged. It is usually done in two pitches.

P1: Climb the crack to the top of the slab. Watch for loose rocks on the belay ledge. This an excellent place to take beginners and teach leading. With care, you can downclimb off the left edge of this ledge to the cave behind the slab.

P2: Climb the obvious corner above the slab (steep!) to the top.


Past Unconquerable Crack, the trail drops down below some large lower-angle slabs. This is the obvious crack in the slab immediately left of Unconquerable.


Medium / Large nuts.

Photos of May's Way Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Duck Power!
Duck Power!
Rock Climbing Photo: Pete at the top of P1
BETA PHOTO: Pete at the top of P1

Comments on May's Way Add Comment
Show which comments
By Simon L
From: Hartford, CT
Oct 6, 2012
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

Pretty straight forward route to practice lead on. Doesnt seem like it is climbed too often as quite a bit of grass etc growing on it. Not much pro on P2, small cams go well on the lower crux part of P2. As of Oct 2012 there is a tree half way up you can sling followed by a bomber rock column, so take a couple of extra single length runners.
By CTdave
From: Victor, Id.
Aug 15, 2013

not sure I'd call that column bomber. I would'nt want to take a lead fall on it.
By David Schlenz
Jun 27, 2017

That little rock column after the tree on P2 . . . unequivocally NOT bomber. I wouldn't touch it let alone sling it.

Definitely a nice two pitch climb for new leaders, HOWEVER . . . While the first pitch and the first half of the second pitch have great protection, for new leaders still developing that eye for good pro (like myself) one long glance up the second half of P2 which is the fairly wide corner crack above the tree (which you have slung, right?) may leave you scratching your helmet and wondering where the heck the pro goes. While the climbing in this section may be straight forward 5.4, the pro certainly is sparse if not absent altogether. Be prepared to run this section out (Hats off to ya Victor) OR, don't worry, instead you can take the escape route from the tree ledge via the much more easily protected ramp of least resistance to the right.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About