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YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Todd Swain, November 1988
Season: Fall to Spring
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Feb 14, 2006

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Following Roboranger. Photo: John Ely


Roboranger starts on the right side of a big block on the northeast face of Grossvogel.

P1) Climb up the right side of the big block then traverse right across to grab the edge of the roof flake (where the block used to be). Layback up onto the roof and then continue in the crack above to a shelf system below a dihedral. Belaying here is mostly a function of rope drag.

P2) Climb the left dihedral to the top. This is the crux of the route and a bit grainy and tricky. Belay from cracks atop.

Descent: Scramble off down the slabs to the north. WARNING!!! The initial part of this descent is harder than the route you just came up! Place anchors and belay accordingly for safety!!!


Finger sized up to #4 Camalot (good for the roof move).

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Rock Climbing Photo: Todd Bradley at the crux of this exciting 5.5.
Todd Bradley at the crux of this exciting 5.5.
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By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Oct 9, 2006

This route along with Dr. Suess Vogel are hardly worth the trip over. If it were me, I'd stop at the Jimmy Cliffs and actually climb something worth the time.

I did these routes while completing the Winger Guide to "favorite" routes. Uggh, what possessed them?
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 14, 2007

I don't know - I enjoyed this route, but I can understand how someone might think it a waste of time. There's a lot of class 4 on the ascent. The roof was fun and the upper crack is the best part.

As for the descent, it's not so bad. Just watch yourself getting started. If you manage to fall it's only about a 5' slide to the ledge. After that it's standard class 3 to the ground.
By kevinnlong
From: Boulder, CO
May 24, 2008
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

The second pitch is worth the climb (though short as well). Turning the roof is exciting for a beginning trad leader to whom I would recommend this climb.
By Josh Cameron
From: California in my Mind
Jul 17, 2011

The roof is fun, but aside from that there is better stuff out here. Has a tendency to be busy.
By William Nelson
From: Cave Creek, AZ
Oct 31, 2011
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

This climb is fun for a beginning leader. The overhang/block is strenuous and protects well with a hexcentric or a BD 3 or 4. The next part of the first pitch is walk up.

I think the second pitch dihedral is awesome. Great protection, fun stemming and is heady but safe for 5.5 trad.
By Dave Kos
From: Temecula, CA
Apr 9, 2012

The roof can confound some people (gotta get yer hips over the lip...) and protecting it safely without rope drag may be tricky for a brand new trad leader.

Easily done as one pitch. The 2nd "pitch" corner is pretty good and redeems what would otherwise be a "one move wonder."
By Alex Peterson
From: Kamas, Utah
Jun 30, 2013
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

We did this as one pitch with a 70m (could have also done it with a 60m). Just sling the roof and you'll eliminate the rope drag. This is a good trad lead for a beginning leader. The second pitch (or upper corner) is the best part. Also we down climbed to the climbers right (south), much safer/easier than going north. Mostly shaded in the summer morning.

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