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Orange Crush (retro-bolted) 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Bradley White and Tom Bowker, 1984
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Submitted By: lee hansche on May 25, 2010

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Orange Crush :: 5.9


There is another listing for the original trad route. This is the retro-bolted version of the climb so you know what you are getting on when you find yourself at the cliff looking up at bolts.

From the base of the stairs/ladders look for the blocky dike of the classic,Tropicana 5.11a. Orange crush is the next bolt line to the left. Start as for Citrasolve for a move or two then traverse right weaving your way through enjoyable moves on flakes and face holds. Mostly on-your-feet climbing. This is the easiest line on the main section of the cliff and a nice way to get to the anchors of Citrasolve or Tropicana if you'd rather not lead them.


At the base of the ladders look above you for the path of least resistance on dark water stained rock. Found between Citrasolve and Tropicana.


6 bolts to anchors.

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By nataliejwong
From: Toronto, Canada
Aug 29, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

My first 5.9 redpoint lead at Rumney. There's a pretty cool traverse section in the beginning after the first clip. Citrasolve 5.10c (on right of Orange Crush) shares the same first clip as Orange Crush. A decent route, will definitely climb it again on my next visit to Rumney. :)

Rock Climbing Photo: Orange Crush :: 5.9 Photo by Peter Hoang
Orange Crush :: 5.9
Photo by Peter Hoang
By S. Neoh
Jul 17, 2011
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

More fun that you might have expectation for. Some of the original fixed gear are still in place. They are a blast to look at and marvel but not to be trusted as solid pro.
Probably not a good warmup for Predator but this route does get you very quickly to the Predator ledge without expending much energy.

Citrasolve is actually to the (climber's) left of this route.
By Peter Jackson
From: Rumney, NH
Oct 6, 2013

Near the top, there is 9mm accessory cord coming out of a horizontal crack on the left. Is there a nut buried in there somewhere, or is it a thread? Super cool. Next time, I'm clipping it anyway. :)

EDITED TO ADD: Sneoh is correct: Citrasolve follows the line to the LEFT of Orange Crush. If you hop on the line to the right expecting a 5.10c, you'll find the climbing a little stiff for the grade (it's Tropicana, at 5.11a).
By Franck Vee
Sep 3, 2017

Gets only 1 star in the guidebook - I thought it was a really nice, fun 5.9. Maybe it's overshadowed because it's mostly an access route to the crazy hard climbs above...

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