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The Ramp 

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

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Steve McKinney, Dan Molnar
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Submitted By: Marc Kajut on Jan 29, 2006

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Move upward using the main crack system to a sloping stance on highly textured, orange rock. Continue upward through the crux of the climb by stemming up a wide dihedral that is well protected with small gear in a thin crack on the left. Pull over a small roof and continue on easier ground to the anchor.


Standard rack. Two bolt anchor. Rap bolts.

Photos of The Ramp Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Oscar Olea leading The Ramp, Mission Gorge.
Oscar Olea leading The Ramp, Mission Gorge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sending it
Sending it
Rock Climbing Photo: The Ramp, photo by Adam K
The Ramp, photo by Adam K
Rock Climbing Photo: The Ramp
The Ramp
Rock Climbing Photo: Tim Top roping, good pick of the route
Tim Top roping, good pick of the route
Rock Climbing Photo: Michael pulling the roof on The Ramp (5.7)
Michael pulling the roof on The Ramp (5.7)
Rock Climbing Photo: The Ramp (5.7)
The Ramp (5.7)

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By shad O'Neel
Oct 28, 2007

Make sure to bring small wires, even a couple rp's if you arent trusting your feet yet on mission gorge's slickery rock. The crack is pretty banged out, so trying to place cams seems tricky, sucks up the little wires though. This route would be ultra classic if it was longer and located somewhere beautiful.
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 27, 2008

Best crack in MG, IMHO. Sweet and fairly sustained for the grade; protects well on small pieces. Don't cheat yourself by starting from atop Lunch Rock - take this one right off the ground.

Shad - ouch! But glad you enjoyed it.
By Kyle Wills
From: Chicago, IL
Jul 9, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

agree with both parties above. A good solid climb with a very enjoyable feel on lead, the small gear makes for some fun piece setting.
By agd
Feb 8, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Great route - definitely one of my favoriate at the gorge. Has one committing friction move before placing a small nut. There's an ancient-looking pin to the right before pulling the roof - I usually clip it, but back it up with a yellow C4.
By millz
From: Canon CIty!
Nov 23, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

fantastic face moves protected by nuts and small cams! and the a nice little 5.7 roof for the cherry on top. great trad lead!
By Andrew G
From: Silver Spring, MD
Feb 25, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

One of my favorite lines at the Gorge. Feels pretty stout for a 5.7 to me. Easy climbing for the first ~20 ft before the crack thins out and you've got to commit to a few slabs moves with less than stellar protection. Once you reach the dihedral, the protection gets a little better, but it's pretty sustained climbing without a really good rest until just before the roof. Double up on small stoppers if you can; you'll want them. I also like a #3 C4 for just over the roof.
By Jason Kim
From: Encinitas, CA
Mar 31, 2013
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Fun climb, another favorite at MG. Good practice for placing your thin gear (tiny cams or wires) if you're into that sort of thing. Stay true to the crack for more excitement.
By ChaseLeoncini
From: San Diego, California
Apr 25, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I recently tried to onsight this with a full rack of c4's, a few c3's and a set of bd stoppers and used only 4 cams. If your gonna do this route, double up on small wires and only bring .75 - 3.
By RockyR
From: Encinitas, CA
Sep 20, 2013

Finally led it clean!! WOOHOOO!!

By Tom Thomas
From: Pittsburgh
Jul 28, 2015

This is a great beginners trad route that should not be missed if your in the area. It has many options from the crack to face holds and I found it to be safe with good exposure for a short trad line. Here are some long arm pics of me solo leading with classic. Have Fun I know I Did ...

Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up.
Starting up.

Rock Climbing Photo: Just pass the crux
Just pass the crux

Rock Climbing Photo: looking down from the anchors.
looking down from the anchors.
By Scotty Dusek
From: San Diego
Jul 8, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Super fun route. Small cams but especially nuts work best, with one larger piece for above the roof. I always clip the piton with a long quickdraw. Gear is a little tricky in general, especially around the crux so it's not the best beginner lead IMO. The crux is fun friction feet on tiny fingerlocks but it's only a couple of moves then jugs to the finish.
By Safty Third
From: San Diego, CA
Sep 18, 2016

Me and partner both agree that this is probably the best climb in the gorge, only surpassing craigs crack due to length and accessibility. The piton is bomber. If you want to place gear that will actually catch a fall in the small parts of the crack bring a smaller offset nuts and you can sew it up nice and safe. Cams would probably just walk out of those shallow scars.

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