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Over the Hill to Grandmother's House 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Logerquist, Williamson '70
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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Feb 17, 2004

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Description 

Another good route on the Riding Hood Wall. Over the Hill is the crack climb that pulls through a roof with black rock, right of Physical Graffiti. Many people only do the quality first pitch, and then rappel.

P1) Make sure to protect the beginning moves well. This is the crux and the landing is not great. Pull through the roof crack with varnished rock. Continue up easier climbing to some slings in the crack for a belay.

P2) Continue up the same crack system for a full rope length to the top.

Descent: Rap off west to a gully, then downclimb the gully.

Protection 

Standard Rack


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Rock Climbing Photo: John employs a headjam in order to free his hands ...
John employs a headjam in order to free his hands ...
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right side ascent, belay from physical graffiti an...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bryan Hawley attempting the right variation of Gra...
Bryan Hawley attempting the right variation of Gra...
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Over the Hill to Grandmother's House left variatio...
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By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jun 19, 2005

Another option, if this start is too intimidating is to step left about 15' and climb through the other side of the roof. Although it is also 5.9+, it is more secure and much less strenuous.
By Matt McMurray
From: Castle Rock, CO
Nov 13, 2006
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

This route is REALLY fun through the roof sections and then gets REALLY easy (read boring) to the slings that are jammed in the crack. I would strongly encourage doing the right line through the fist crack. It protects perfectly with a #4 and #3 Camalot, and you can get a solid stance below the roof using the undercling to place these pieces deep in the crack. Strong moves get you over the roof! =)

MM
By cragsavvy
From: Salt Lake City
Apr 17, 2011

really fun! you can also top rope it from the top of the first pitch of physical graffiti
By J. Thompson
From: denver, co
Oct 30, 2011

Left side was 5.9- IMHO.
Right side was 5.10.

josh
By Cunning Linguist
Dec 29, 2011

I agree with Josh. Left side is casual, right is burly. Both lots of fun, rap with a single rope or finish up P.G.
By Bryan Gilmore
From: New England
Apr 9, 2013

a great option for this route is to veer left about 15' above the roof and face climb directly to the Physical Graffiti anchor - this eliminates the easy sandy crack and you can then lower to the ground for TR'ing. Obviously it's a tad runout, but you can get a bomber red C3 about half way up between two plates.
By Tao Techakanon
From: Bangkok, Thailand
Dec 3, 2015

We did the right variation. Pulling the roof felt indeed burly. Probably more like a 5.10 move.
By Jean Spencer
From: Seattle, WA
Feb 6, 2016

I didn't find the top section boring at all! Fun, easier climbing through some jamming and stemming. I climbed almost 30m to a two bolt anchor on the left and lowered.
By steverett
From: San Diego, CA
Nov 22, 2016
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Did the left roof crack. Fun & well protected. If you go that way, watch for rope drag turning from the ramp to the vertical crack. Mine got caught under the lip and I had about 50 lbs of rope drag at the top of the climb. Extend those pieces and keep the rope to the left of the crack.