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Still a Gorilla 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Bob Scarpelli
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Submitted By: JNE on Apr 11, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Still a Gorilla.

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This is a sandbag and is a beautiful route. It goes up a thin crack for about twenty feet, traverses right ten feet, then fires out a five foot roof, ending shortly thereafter.

I was once asking Bob for thin crack recommendations, and he told me about this thing. "5.11+ bwa, ha, ha! That's a good, thin crack! Bwa ha, ha! Only me, Suzuki, and Petro have ever done it, bwa, ha, ha! Go do that one, bwa, ha, ha!" Bob only ever sandbags you to get you to go do something, he never really means any harm. He just wants people to be humble and respectful.


Follow the approach for Gorilla Rock, and upon reaching the alcoves, head around to the right to get to the opposite side of Gorilla Rock. It should stand out based on its description. As Goodman said of his ascent "as hard as any of the other hard cracks I've done at Vedauwoo."


Yellow to orange Aliens. Gear anchor, walk off.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Shane pulling into the roof after the traverse.
BETA PHOTO: Shane pulling into the roof after the traverse.
Rock Climbing Photo: A fiend of mine.
A fiend of mine.

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By Bart Paull
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 6, 2008

Stellar line. More like "Still an unbelievable sandbag.... "
By EldoFiend
From: WY
Sep 5, 2009

I brought a green Alien for the top of the route and was real happy to have it. You are a good couple feet above your last piece after you pull the crux, and the top isn't easy - insecure tips, for me at least. An awesome route.
By bart cubrich 1
Sep 19, 2014
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

Lol, 11+!
By John Lombardi
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 5, 2017

It's easy to scramble up around the back and set up a gear anchor. If anyone has some beta for this, that would be awesome (shoot me a PM). It's hard, really hard.

I'd also like to know if anyone who has climbed the third pitch of Friday the 13th thinks it is "soft" - at least it's soft compared to this! Great route.

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