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Red Rib 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 195'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Gene Kistler and Eddie Begoon 2000.
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Submitted By: David Tvedt on Apr 3, 2006  with updates from Brian in SLC

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Chris following me up Red Rib. Thanks Elliot for t...

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Red Rib is a long, beautiful, single pitch route up the SW ridge of Castle Rock. Great position and good exposure are it's strongest points. The crux is right off the ground but the climbing remains interesting and in the 5.9/10- range for most of the first ~150'. From here, it's an easier romp to the anchors.
This route is a full 60 meter rope length.


The far right side of the Southwest Side of Castle Rock, it heads up the obvious rib just past the left side of the South Face.


All bolts(don't remember the count for this long route but probably in the range of 14-16). Rap anchors at the top. 2-60 meter ropes to rap straight down to the ground.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Final slab to the anchors
Final slab to the anchors
Rock Climbing Photo: good look at Red Rib, the obvious red arete in the...
good look at Red Rib, the obvious red arete in the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Julia and red rib, Red Rib and Julia
Julia and red rib, Red Rib and Julia
Rock Climbing Photo: Red rib is the big red colored ridge on the right....
BETA PHOTO: Red rib is the big red colored ridge on the right....

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By Zeb Kenyon
From: Holladay, UT
Jul 5, 2006

Beware pulling your rope. I pulled left of the line into the gully and got the rope terribly stuck on Numbshall and had to climb Numbshall in order to free my rope, which turned out to be a good thing.
By Brian in SLC
From: Sandy, Utah
Aug 22, 2006

Seem to recall rappelling to the climber's right with a single rope, to the rappel anchor on Little Time/Big Time, then off to climber's left after another rappel (or 2?), back into the base area at the start of Red Rib (so, not a long rappel back to the base of Little Time). Easy rope pulls.
By Wavey
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 19, 2007

Great route. Exposed slab moves to exciting jug climbing. Must do!!!
By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Aug 3, 2007

Awesome route! Technical and a bit scary. I love it.
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 14, 2008
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

One of the best one pitch sport climbs you'll ever do.
By Mike Roghaar
May 20, 2010

Agreed Gary. A must do for sure.
By Annie Smoot
From: Holladay, Utah
Aug 5, 2012

Fantastic route! Thought this was a bit run out as a neophyte leader. For me, the crux was the bear hug section about 2/3 the way up. Great exposure.
By ben orton
Jun 2, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Awesome climb thinking its a 5.9 I would compare it to scream cheese at city of rocks cool balance moves. Maybe use slings on the first 3 bolts or so might help rope drag
By GilaShot
From: Western Antarctic, New England, Arizona
Aug 8, 2016

Solid 10 slab in parts. Rap to the anchors on the route to the right.

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