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Skinny Dip 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b R [details]
FA: John Long and Phil Warrender, September 1972
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Submitted By: M. Morley on Sep 27, 2003

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BETA PHOTO: Going skinny dipping.


This route is located up and around the corner from Sidewinder and is worth doing if you can be assured of not falling. It is unique in that it climbs a nice crack into a squeeze-through "tunnel", out the other side, and continues up a chimney to the top. Larger-hipped individuals will have difficulty with the squeeze (it isn't called Skinny Dip by mistake). The chimney definitely warrants an "R" rating.

Rap from 2-bolt anchor as for Invisible Touch.


Not much for the upper section. Bring nothing smaller than .75 Camalot.

Photos of Skinny Dip Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Skinny Dip at sunset.
Skinny Dip at sunset.
Rock Climbing Photo: route description
BETA PHOTO: route description
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back out after the struggle
BETA PHOTO: Looking back out after the struggle
Rock Climbing Photo: Skinny Dip 12/28/2014
Skinny Dip 12/28/2014
Rock Climbing Photo: The skinny dip 12/28/2014
The skinny dip 12/28/2014
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam on the unprotected chimney on the other side
Adam on the unprotected chimney on the other side
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam about to squeeze through
Adam about to squeeze through
Rock Climbing Photo: Man...that was tight!!!
Man...that was tight!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Skinny Dip start. Yes, you squeeze through that.
BETA PHOTO: Skinny Dip start. Yes, you squeeze through that.
Rock Climbing Photo: Skinny Pinnacle from the East. "Skinny Dip&qu...
Skinny Pinnacle from the East. "Skinny Dip&qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Skinny Dip
BETA PHOTO: Skinny Dip

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By Randy
Oct 29, 2003

The Chimney is only about 5.4; the crux is the crack and tunnel through. Alternatively, you can merely end the route once you reach the bottom of the chimney; descend east (easy). Still 5.7, and good pro, but you really don't feel like you went anywhere.
By Darren D.
Mar 28, 2007
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R

I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone with a waist size greater then 32...or a female...or if you're claustrophobic. It's still kind of a memorable experience trying to worm through that opening.
By Adam D
From: Los Osos, CA
Dec 25, 2007

The tunnel through is fun and worth doing...
By Brian in SLC
From: Sandy, Utah
Jan 1, 2008

My bet is that Largo wasn't large-o when he did this route...dang, we're near the same size now it seems and I'll be darned if I can fit through that thing. Hips wasn't the issue, was my manly (debatable!) chest size. Too mucho!

Pain in the arse to bail from. Thank goodness for the bolted line to the right...
By DJ Reyes
From: Northern Nevada
Mar 17, 2008

Now this was a real puzzle for me. I ended up somehow going through feet first and almost upside down. What a hoot! A must.....try.
By Brian in SLC
From: Sandy, Utah
Dec 12, 2008

Aha...I feel better now...(conversation from the super taco):

"John, you don't, by chance, NOT fit through Skinny Dip (Steve Canyon, J Tree) now?
We're nearly the same size, but, in your younger years you musta been thinner (or "thin enough").
-Brian in SLC
Funny you should mention it. I did the FA on Skinny Dip when I was in high school and still sort of skinny. Went back to it in college and I could no longer fit through the gash in Skinny Dip. Not even close.
By peachy spohn
Mar 26, 2009

I agree that this climb should not be attempted if your waist size is larger than 32...May be it was just the way I went about it, but it is a route that can get you stuck...better be skinny to take the dip.
By Pete eye
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 8, 2009

Love the "improbable" tunnel through. Plan on getting least for a minute. Bailed on my helmet (just in time for the unprotected chimney) to fit, then somehow got low and stepped through the thing. A must do!
By Stormeh
Oct 31, 2011

Tried this route on lead for the first time in 3 years and couldn't fit through. 3 years ago when I did it, I fit through but had no rack on me as I was on TR. Probably also skinnier then. FYI, I am 5'10 150lbs and couldn't do it. I have fairly broad shoulders and chest though, but still, you do need to be skinny. Bailed off the bolt to the right of the orifice.
By Dave Kos
From: Temecula, CA
Feb 10, 2012

Tried it yesterday and could not fit through the hole. I'm 5'8" 150lbs with a 33 inch waist. I agree that 32 inch waist is probably the limit on this one.
By matt c.
Dec 14, 2014

i have 34 inch waist. Weigh 185. I have fairly broad shoulder and chest. Neverless,I fit without too much problem.
It did take a few minutes and I had to take of a layer in route but I fit. It's a hoot!
By caesar.salad
From: earth
Oct 1, 2017

Last year I saw a girl soloing this in super short shorts and the wind was howling through the chimneys. She was all scratched up and despite it being cold as hell she looked like she was having a blast. So bad ass.

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