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Riverboat Gambler 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Steve Tucker
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Submitted By: Tradiban on Jul 1, 2010

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Hand traverse on Steve Tucker's (yet to be named?)...


Slab to a cool roof pull.

Currently a few bolts lead to the corner under the roof. There is no bolt in the roof itself making this a very dangerous lead in which if you fall you will come rocketing down onto the slab. In addition the left side of the roof to which the bolts lead to is very rotten and I'm sure parts will break if reefed on.

I TR'd the route but busted slightly right (See pics) before the last slab bolt and pulled on good fairly solid jugs over.


To the right of "Pretty Piece of Flesh" is an impressive roof.



My suggestion for whomever bolted this is to chop the last bolt on the slab (and patch of course), move it right and put another bolt in the roof. I marked a spot I thought was good with chalk and included a pic posted here.

Photos of Riverboat Gambler Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Ted dangling on Steve's route.
Ted dangling on Steve's route.
Rock Climbing Photo: The roof
The roof
Rock Climbing Photo: Skinner on the good jug over the roof.
Skinner on the good jug over the roof.
Rock Climbing Photo: Skinner pulling the roof.
Skinner pulling the roof.
Rock Climbing Photo: Put a bolt here.
BETA PHOTO: Put a bolt here.
Rock Climbing Photo: Goes up the slab on the left then a little right o...
BETA PHOTO: Goes up the slab on the left then a little right o...

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By Tradiban
Jul 1, 2010

Looked like new bolts? Anyone care to claim this one?
By Paul Campbell
From: Waukesha, WI
Jul 2, 2010

Only thing I can think of is the comment by Khengen on this page: Where he talks about Steve Tucker bolting a new roof.
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Jul 2, 2010

Yes, this is Steve's route. I emailed him to see if he would like to comment or update anything.
By computerskillclimbing.
Jul 3, 2010

Steve bolted this. We've both climbed it, and agree that it's 5.10R. Can't put in another bolt - rock is too soft. So I placed a cam with a long sling and then just hoped that nothing would break.
By Tradiban
Jul 4, 2010

Will Steve take another look? Albeit not the intended line, where I marked a spot would take a glue in nicely.
By Joi-Bobby Laos
Aug 19, 2010

the start of the roof has a really positive shelf section, a little bit of confidence (or ignorance) goes a long way.
From: Winona
Oct 12, 2011

I believe Steve told me that the name of this route is Riverboat Gambler. Gear in the roof section is key.
By Joel Allen
From: La Crosse, WI
Jul 17, 2016
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

This thing is now one of my favorite routes at Necedah! Although totally unnecessary, you have to cut feet on this for the most fun! Everyone should try this, even if 5.10 is your limit, it's bolted so well you'll think your in the gym. Go do it!
By Joe Lange
Jul 21, 2016

Is this route still missing a bolt on the roof? Will I need to place pro? If so what size cam?
By Joel Allen
From: La Crosse, WI
Jul 22, 2016
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Hey Joe, there has already been a bolt added in the roof. This climb is as safe as it can possibly get, no gear needed! Make sure to extend the last bolt before the bolt on the roof with a long runner, or just skip it (which I recommend) because it literally does nothing for protection because it is so close to the bolt below it.
By Tony Litke
From: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Nov 8, 2016
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Now safely bolted and one of my fav climbs in the Midwest

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