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Pump Up the Volume 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Feb 8, 2007

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An appropriately named route, fighting the pump is the red point crux as each move tends to be easier than the last, but by the end of the climb, you could swear that the moves are getting harder. The route starts from a ledge that heads out left from the start of Sky Pilot (5.11b). Stick clip the first bolt and climb right in to the crux, a sequency series of tiny crimps and footwork leading to better holds and less technical climbing, but you will get pumped unless you are a tough girl (or boy).

It was one of my first 5.12b's, and I think it is a good first climb of the grade.


In the middle of the steep right hand side of the crag. Start in the middle of the ledge.


4 bolts to lower offs.

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By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Feb 18, 2007

Pump Up is basically your cookie-cutter sport route. It's not too long, not too short and it is slightly overhanging with a distinct crux and pumpy climbing after.

I think at any other area, Pump Up would rate four stars, but at Rumney, when compared to such classics as Techno, Whip Tide, Restless, and Flesh for Lulu, I can't see giving this that many stars.
By Colonel Sandbag
From: Boston, MA
Sep 12, 2016
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a

Is that small shelf that is to the left and slightly below the first bolt off route?
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Sep 14, 2016

Nothing is "off route" if you can reach the bolts from it. Hope that helps.
By Kevin Ran
May 31, 2017

Personally loved this route. Extremely boulder-y start, and there are multiple ways to go through the crux (I tried it after some rain, was able to try multiple ways of getting through the crux even with the holds being a bit wet). The final sequences are fairly straightforward with room for some dancing of feet.

Not a classic but, assuming that you have a stick for the first bolt/draw, totally worth a try especially if you enjoy bouldering.

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