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Vomit Launch 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
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Submitted By: Peter Franzen on Jan 22, 2006

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A classic 5.11 pump-a-thon. A stick-clip is often used to clip the first bolt to protect the insecure and overhanging first moves. The climbing is steep and consistent with a crux coming in the middle, but the pump will send many climbers for a ride near the top.

Vomit Launch is just to the left of the Cocaine Crack on the right wall in the Cocaine Gully, and starts under the small roof.


11 bolts and a bolted anchor

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Rock Climbing Photo: A few moves into the pumpfest that is Vomit Launch
A few moves into the pumpfest that is Vomit Launch
Rock Climbing Photo: Having some fun on Vomit Launch
Having some fun on Vomit Launch
Rock Climbing Photo: Jake Sullivan
Jake Sullivan
Rock Climbing Photo: awesome moves on superb rock
awesome moves on superb rock

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By C Miller
From: CA
Jan 25, 2006
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Did this route long ago (fall 1987) and remember it be high quality and pumpy for the grade. An excellent route and a very memorable name!
By Matt McMurray
From: Castle Rock, CO
Aug 3, 2006
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

I preface this by saying that I am a Vegas local, and that I was at Smith during the crazy heat streak this summer (over 100*), but this route, while CLASSIC... seemed harder than 5.11b to me, even by Smith standards.
By Corey McCarthy
From: Redmond, OR
Apr 6, 2011
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

So good! There is a direct variant that should be tried on TR or after stick cliping. Great dyno from a right hand two finger pocket to the cliping jug just to the left of the first bolt. Does not add anything to the grade, just fun for those that like dynos.
By Toby Butterfield
From: Portland, OR
Oct 28, 2011
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Personally, I found that the last few feet of climbing after you've become established in the crack were the crux of the route. Nice place for a crux, though! Excellent climb, certainly my favorite 11 in the park.
By Bryan Hall
From: Portland, Oregon
Jul 24, 2013

Great fun. Purely a physical fitness route without any single hard move standing out.
By kent benesch
Nov 11, 2014

Vomit Launch was recently re-bolted, there is now a new starting bolt maybe 6 feet up the route, which should keep people off the deck. Also a bolt was added in the middle portion of the route, making it less run out in the lower "slabby" portion. The new bolts are 5"x 1/2" stainless, thanks to the ASCA for the contribution. So, take 11 draws for the clips and 2 for the anchors! Enjoy.
By Tony Litke
From: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Mar 4, 2015
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Long and pumpy with one of my favorite crimp cruxes. I fell at the crack finish and quickly learned my lesson to never do that again!
By Phildlm
Mar 24, 2016

Very pumpy, and as usual, Smith ratings feel harder than other areas like Red Rock, Owens River Gorge, etc. There's no single particularly difficult move. The issue is dealing with it all after a hard pump at the top. There aren't any great rests past the fourth bolt. I've been told by climbers much better than me, that the finish is easier if you find a way to de-pump at the 2-hand jug just left of the second to last bolt. In any case, it's a classic.
By Colin Brochard
From: San Francisco
Sep 9, 2016

Stiff, spicy, brilliant
By Raddam6
From: Salt Lake
Sep 23, 2016

Great position with climbing as good as everyone says. It felt 11c for me but I feel it would be 11b depending on height. I'm about 5'8" and there was a very well defined crux for me that involced a gnarly Deadpoint lockoff or an equally gnarly bump to undercling. If you are short the intermediate crimps are there but they are small it will probably be 11c I'm guessing.

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