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The Ramp 

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

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Season: May through September
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Submitted By: Jerry Cagle on Jul 26, 2008

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The final pitch of The Ramp


Follow crack system up center of face.


See The Rock Climber's Guide to Montana


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By MTKirk
From: Billings, MT
Oct 3, 2012

I thought the hand crack, over a bulge, start to this was at least 5.8 maybe even 5.9, but it's only one or two moves & the protection is excellent (#1 camalot I think). The "5.9" variation of the last pitch looks hard, it's steep and exposed but I think it climbs easier than the start. DMM Alloy & brass offsets were very useful in the flared cracks that make up the bulk of the route. I took triple camalots from .5 to 1, two #2's, two #3's, & mastercam sizes 0, 1, & 2. Brought BD stoppers but was only able to set a couple, probably would be better to just double up on the offsets. Used lots of extenders (10 or so) even a couple double length to keep the rope running well. With a 70M you can easily reach the top in 4 pitches.
By IJMayer
From: Bellingham, WA
Jan 11, 2013

How long were the pitches and how sustained were the cracks? Did you really need triples?
By Anthony Pavkovich
From: Bozeman
Sep 3, 2013

The 5.9 variation for the last pitch is stellar. Great gear placements and rests before each bulge. Excellent finish to this route. For gear, I took a set of cams to #3 and doubled the #s 1-3. Only placed one offset and the bd stoppers went in great.
By nmiller
From: Bozeman, MT
Dec 5, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

the descent gully on climbers right (mostly coming down the next ribs of rock, dropping into gully about halfway down) is a scramble, no raps needed. Super fun route with quick access
By Jack McNeil
From: Louisville, Co
Mar 8, 2017
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

awesome route! Do the 5.9 roof at the top. it is most excellent!
By Zach Wahrer
From: Bozeman, MT
Jun 26, 2017
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I did a full write up on my website for those interested in pitch by pitch beta for this climb.

I would definitely say this route is a must do if you are in the area, especially the 5.9 variation!
By David Steele
Sep 7, 2017

Big thanks for the blog post above^--great pitch by pitch breakdown.

A couple more clarifying thoughts:
-Gear: Standard selection of nuts, cams from .3-#3 BD with doubles from .75-2 BD Lots of long runners.
-5.8 start is right next to the dead tree. As mentioned, bigger hands make the mini-roof harder.
-5.9 upper section is very, very fun. Protects very well. It's the crack with two roofs immediately climber's left of the 5.7 dihedral; the lower roof has a chockstone to sling once you pull around it. Upper section, as mentioned, pulls over a cool features with two horns that looks like the head of a slug.

Approach: follow meadows and ridges of boulders up through the scrubby bits to the base of the climb.

Descent: Just atop the 5.9, two obvious, shiny bolts on the south/southwest side make for a great rappel into the gully far below. We had plenty of rope with two 70s; two 60s would also work (swing rappeler's left to shorten it a bit). Easy walk down from there (class 3 max) which takes you very near to the base.

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