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Rambo Santa 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 165'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Craig Luebben and Ginny Sawyer
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Submitted By: Tyler Jones on May 15, 2001

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Leading out onto the final pitch of Diagonal from ...


Begin at a pine tree about 40 feet down and right from "Arkansas Patriot." This on the left side of this rock. Go left from where the approach trail reaches the rock.

This long climb is fairly simple to figure out... climb straight up through the bolts to a two-bolt anchor. Remember to place pro in some horizontal cracks if the next bolt feels too far away. A double-rope rappel is easiest (165 feet), but it is possible to scramble down to the west (left).


If I remember correctly, there are 6 bolts on the face (don't worry, I know for sure that's there's no more than that!). Bring a few small cams (#0.5 and #0.75 Camalots) and stoppers to supplement the bolts if you aren't positive about a good distance between bolts on a 5.7. Two-bolt anchor 165 feet up, so bring TWO ROPES for the rap.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Me approaching the anchor on Rambo Santa, Tracy on...
Me approaching the anchor on Rambo Santa, Tracy on...
Rock Climbing Photo: Angie cruising up. Fun climb but terrifies me ever...
Angie cruising up. Fun climb but terrifies me ever...
Rock Climbing Photo: Even the kids can have fun TR'd on this route.  6 ...
Even the kids can have fun TR'd on this route. 6 ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joel halfway up this fantastic route.
Joel halfway up this fantastic route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting started at the bottom of the route.
Getting started at the bottom of the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Christa near the top.
Christa near the top.

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By Mike Sofranko
May 22, 2001

Definitely take some cams if 5.7 is your limit. Regarded as kind of tricky and inobvious by some for 5.7.

You can rap with one rope if you angle over to the bolt anchor for Arkansas Patriot. Two single rope raps to the ground.
By Anonymous Coward
Oct 30, 2001

You can also rap with one rope to the ground if you angle hard to the west along a ledge system. I have done it several times.
By Neal Brigner
Nov 13, 2001

Nice route for the grade, but would advise to bring a mix of medium cams and nuts for between bolts. You can also rap the the Tree Roof belay with a 60 meter rope, just be careful of the rope hanging up on a knob about halfway up.
By jeff mcnair
Apr 10, 2002

Great route! Definitely enjoyed having small cams for this one. I think I placed two .5 Camalots (my favorite cam).
By Mike Epke
From: Denver, CO
Jun 9, 2003

Climbed this route for the second time yesterday and really enjoyed it. Great route to bring a relative beginner on for following. I believe that in addition to the bolts I placed a .75, 1, and 3.5 Camalots and a yellow Alien. Enjoy.
By Blake Collins
Jul 16, 2003

[Excellent] lead that keeps going, although 5.7 without small cams or protection the runout sections between bolts could scare the unprepared 5.7 leader. There are [plenty] of small slots to offer pro. Once at the anchors I lowered my belayer down, then rapped to the chains to the left and then rapped from those anchors. Someone without experience could run in to difficulties during the [descent].
By Cale Csizmadi
From: Colorado Springs
Dec 20, 2004

From the anchor on Rambo Santa you can linkup with the last pitch of the Diagonal for a great 2-pitch romp with bolted belays and lots of fun.
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 10, 2005

A climb worth doing. Bolts thoughtfully placed and protects well with additional trad if you so desire. Point of clairification. The "pine tree" mentioned for the base of the route is dead, so look for a big dead pine tree. If you look up carefully you will see the first bolt about 40 ft off the deck above two rust colored sections of rock. This is your route. It is easy to get steered over into the route to the right which is not what u are after unless runout 8(s) on bad bolts is your idea of fun. We trailed a second 60 meter and easily rapped to the ground from the bolts. (These bolts are outdated and should probably be replaced. It is probably a good idea to back them up with the very usuable crack below them).
By S. Neel
Apr 24, 2006

Had a great time on this climb. I believe there were only 5 bolts and was happy to hear that the gentleman climbing before me replaced the anchors (Thank you!!) The only drawback to this route is the double-rap if you didn't happen to bring 2 ropes. Looking at another post, AC suggests you can go out left and hike down the talus (but then again he didn't mention his rope length.) Anyway, it's a fun warm-up type route and good for beginners as well. Enjoy!
By Luke Clarke
From: Golden
Apr 30, 2006

Climbed this today with a single, 60m rope. It's easy to escape left on easy ground to a descent path down the gully. It's about a 5.5 traverse, or easier. Place a piece or two for the piece of mind of the last person in the party.
By Wes B.
Sep 14, 2009
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Great route. A few small cams and nuts will get a beginning leader to the anchor.
By Ayescotty9
Jun 10, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This was a fun route for me, an aspiring trad leader, as it allowed me to work in some cam placements between bolts (C4s sizes #0.75-3) on the way up, while having the security of the bolts interspersed. Fun mixed climbing on great rock with positive holds. A recommended climb!
By Brent Apgar
From: Out of the Loop
Jun 6, 2011

Definitely a big thank you to whomever replaced the old hardware. The route is sporting brand new bolts and a nice anchor w/ rap rings.
By goatboywonder Patrick
Jan 27, 2012

A singe 70m will just barely get you down.
By Hiro Kurotsuchi
From: Colorado
Mar 30, 2015

I'm a solid 5.7/5.8 trad leader - I found that the bolted slab at the bottom was the problem for me! I like to think that I am fairly confident on slab, but I thought this climb was pretty thin for 5.7 slab. You can't add any gear down low to get you past this section.

I only give the route two stars, because it's harder than expected in the slab section and not that interesting at the top.
By Jeff G.
From: Fort Collins
May 29, 2016

Perfect rock and really cool features. This route is pretty damn good, especially for 5.7.

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