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YDS: 5.12+ French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 4 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.12+ French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: D.Mabe, FFA: P.Hunt
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Submitted By: Darren Mabe on May 21, 2004

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EDIT (for a logical pitch break-down):

P1. Climb Billy, but after the second overlap around mid-way, sneak right to belay at Wild Child's P1 anchors. 11b.

P2. Use the first clip of Wild Child starting P2, then continue the rest of the Billy pitch, but continue up and left, with the first 3 bolts of Gneiss Route up to the Rocketman ledge. 12a.

P3. Climb out the huge Rocketman roof, 8 bolts. There is a brief move of 5.11 around bolt 3, and the crux is pulling over the biggest part of the roof at bolt 7 (5.12c). Belay at airy stance above the roof. 12c.

P4. Cruise past 4 bolts on the Northeast arete to Surette Ledge. 5.7.

Descent: From Surette, rap 55' to the roof lip and 200' to the ground (BIG AIR!).


12 draws/slings of various lengths. 2 60m ropes for rap.

If linking all of Billy and part of Gneiss Route in one pitch, you will need about 20 draws/slings.

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By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 21, 2004

At time of writing, the crux pitch has not gone free. I consider it an open project. Good luck, the crux is stinkin tough -- just let me know how you make that final move over the lip. I gave it another go last week and removed my draws (no, they werent stolen...)

Oh yeah, please leave the sling on the last bolt of the first pitch of Billy, trust me, you will appreciate it...
By Matt Juth
From: Evergreen
May 24, 2004

Big Air is an understatement. 150 feet of dangling 20 feet from the wall! Darren picked the biggest roof on the center of the wall and puched this line right out of it.

The pitch itself is quite fun, but the overall combo of Billy, Gneiss Route, and Rocketman makes for a spectacular outing. You pull out 6 roofs amounting to 20 feet with the toughest for last. A final pitch up off the Surette ledge would be the icing for the hardmen out there.

The crux move is brutal for a non 5.12 climber such as myself, but there is a nice bolt at your chest that a Lucky Pierre can pull right past with a long sling. (I wonder how how I knew that....?) C'est Magnifique! Bonne Chance!
By Anonymous Coward
May 27, 2004

Is it possible to get across the creek this time of year? Is the Tyrollean in place? I was thinking of checking out the crag this weekend (5/30). Thanks for the info.
By Peter Hunt
Aug 1, 2004
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

I was able to free this today. It took me a while to figure out the crux moves, but then I got the redpoint first try. That probably means it's about 12c or d. I definitely recommend this climb. Billy and the bit of Gneiss Route give full value on the approach. The exposure on the crux pitch is spectacular. The main holds seem solid, but especially low on the pitch there was a fair amount of crumbling underfoot, which the belayer can avoid but can be bad news if there are climbers below. As it gets more traffic and cleans up, Rocketman will be a three-star climb. Many thanks to Darren and Matt for conceiving of this line, the great bolting job, and for making it an open project.

Warning beta follows: Darren, you asked about the crux moves so here's my beta. After getting the jug at the lip, I moved my hands to good holds on the diagonal above it. I heel-hooked left on the bump and made a long, hard pull to get my left hand on the best of the holds in the crummy horizontal. I switched the left heel to a toe and then brought the right hand up to a little hold in the horizontal for just a second and then moved to the deep hold. After I got my feet up, I reached up and left to a dish with a little hold in it and it was over.
By Greg Miller
Jun 2, 2016

Is it possible to do the first 3 bolts of Gneiss Route and continue into R.M from the anchor at the top of Billy without much of an issue?
By Monty
From: Golden, CO
Jun 2, 2016

Greg, I'm pretty sure thats what we did when we climbed R.M. That boulder problem on Gneiss Route is funky!
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 2, 2016

^Yep that's how it was intended.

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